Flora and Fauna | Science

WATCH: Drone Catches Video Of Stampeding Dolphins, Whale Calf

NPR | March 4, 2014 11:35 a.m. | Updated: March 4, 2014 1:14 p.m.

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Scott Neuman

Video screen-grab of drone footage of a dolphin stampede off California coast.

Video screen-grab of drone footage of a dolphin stampede off California coast.

Dave Anderson, Capt Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari

Dave Anderson, who runs whale-watching charters out of Dana Point, Calif., used a small camera-equipped drone to capture video of a “mega-pod” of hundreds of common dolphins as well as three gray whale migrating off the coast of San Clemente. In a separate sortie, the drone returned footage of a family of humpback whales off of Maui.

Anderson, who runs Capt Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari produced the footage into this stunning five-minute video.

According to AOL Travel:

“He filmed off a small inflatable boat, launching and catching the quadcopter drone by hand, risking injury from the four propeller blades or loss of the drone.”

“He actually lost one drone in January on takeoff when it nicked his small VHF radio antenna on the 14-foot rigid inflatable he was filming from and it went into the water.”

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