Captain Dave Anderson knows whales well. He’s got over 20 years experience at the helm of whale watching boats. He’s recently taken to the air, thanks to a serious case of drone fever. He’s been using the tiny remote-controlled aircraft to see whales and dolphins from an amazing new perspective.
We’ve posted one of Captain Dave’s breathtaking drone videos for you below. It’s a compilation that includes a massive dolphin stampede, a group of three gray whales, and a mother humpback with her calf. “This is the most beautiful and compelling five minute video I have ever put together. I learned so much about these whales and dolphins from this drone footage that it feels like I have entered a new dimension! I have not been this excited about a new technology since we built our underwater viewing pods on our whale watching boat. Drones are going to change how we view the animal world.”
There is a learning curve when it comes to flying drones and Captain Dave has a had his share of mishaps on the way. Inevitably, he’s had one crash-land and sink irretrievably to the ocean floor. On another occasion, he cast all caution to the wind and dove into cold water to rescue a drone before it made a one-way trip to Davy Jones’ Locker. “I get so nervous every flight over the water now, after the accident, my hands start shaking. My wife says no more drones if I lose this one. But she said that before I lost the other one. Now that she’s seen what it can do, I think she’s just as hooked as I am.”
If this has made you eager to go out whale watching with a drone, keep in mind that Captain Dave has a lot of experience with whales and knows what he’s doing. There are strict laws that regulate interactions with marine mammals and you don’t want to run afoul of them.
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