Drone Captures Stunning Birds'-Eye Video of Dolphin Superpod

Posted: March 6, 2014  |  By: Jennifer S. Holland [National Geographic]

Whatever you think of drone technology, this may be one use that we can all agree on.

The captain of a whale-watching boat who's also a filmmaker sent a drone with a camera into the sky to capture a stunning event: thousands of common dolphins in a super- or megapod speeding through the waters off California, destination unknown. His gorgeous video of Delphinus delphis, which includes a mama whale nuzzling its baby, is here.

Captain Dave Anderson, of Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari in Dana Point, California, regularly revs up his inflatable to go in search of marine mammals to film. When he finds them, he launches his GoPro-equipped, remote-controlled drone—at about 2.8 pounds, it looks like a toy helicopter—to capture moving images you could never see from the boat.

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