A marine wildlife guide captured some amazing footage of a dolphin stampede and whale migration on the Pacific Ocean.
Capt. Dave Anderson films dolphins and whales all the time off the coast of Dana Point, Calif., but he’s never captured anything like this before.
Anderson used RC quadcopter aerial drones to capture the bird’s-eye view footage of thousands of dolphins and some whales migrating into the Pacific Ocean.
“This is the most beautiful and compelling five minute video I have ever put together,” Anderson said in the video’s description. “I learned so much about these whales and dolphins from this drone footage that it feels like I have entered a new dimension!”
Anderson launched the drones by hand from a one-man craft. While filming the dolphin stampede, one of the drones crashed into the ocean and started sinking fast, so Anderson dove in after it.
“I had my hat and glasses on, I was fully clothed with long-johns on to keep warm and my cell phone and wallet in my pocket,” Captain Dave explained. “It was a stupid move, but the copter started sinking so fast it was my only hope to get the amazing footage I had just shot.”
We think it was well worth it.
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