Dave Anderson, a whale watcher, is known to fly drones over Dana Point, California.
In numerous YouTube videos, Anderson captures whales, dolphins, and other marine life via his drones, which are fitted with cameras.
In one video, he captured a “dolphin stampede.”
Anderson, “at great personal risk,” filmed “a 5-minute video that contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point,” according to a description.
He also spotted “three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente, California, and heartwarming close-ups hovering over a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling and playing with its mom as an escort whale stands guard nearby, filmed recently in Maui.
He stated, “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. Wow!”
Anderson said he had to film it in a small, inflatable boat while launching the drone.
“I get so nervous every flight over the water now, after the accident, my hands start shaking,” he said. “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.”
He added: “This technology, that offers such steady footage from the air for such a low price and is so easy to fly, is new. This was a ten or twenty thousand dollar copter a few years ago and flying those took a great deal of skill. I can’t wait to see what footage this year will bring with this drone, getting a different perspective on the amazing sightings we already have off Dana Point. There is debate in many states right now about making use of these drones illegal. People are justifiably concerned about invasion of privacy. But it would be a shame to have this new window into a whale’s world taken away.”
On his YouTube channel, Anderson also consistently posts new videos of drone footage.
Tours can be arranged via Anderson’s website, Dolphin Safari.
According to National Geographic, “Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever existed. Learn why they’re larger than any land animal and why they were hunted for years.”
“Blue whales reach these mind-boggling dimensions on a diet composed nearly exclusively of tiny shrimplike animals called krill. During certain times of the year, a single adult blue whale consumes about 4 tons of krill a day,” says National Geographic. “Blue whales are baleen whales, which means they have fringed plates of fingernail-like material, called baleen, attached to their upper jaws. The giant animals feed by first gulping an enormous mouthful of water, expanding the pleated skin on their throat and belly to take it in. Then the whale’s massive tongue forces the water out through the thin, overlapping baleen plates. Thousands of krill are left behind—and then swallowed.”