Radio-controlled, camera-equipped drones have been used to record everything from the Costa Concordia wreck to the view over Niagara Falls.
Dave Anderson, who runs Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari in Dana Point, Calif., operates a quadcopter to get a bird’s-eye view of marine mammals.
Anderson posted a five-minute compilation video on YouTube that shows a dolphin stampede off Dana Point, three gray whales off San Clemente, Calif., and close-ups of a humpback whale calf in Maui snuggling with its mom as an escort whale stands guard nearby.
"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,” Capt. Dave said on his YouTube posting. “Drones are going to change how we view the animal world."
This one’s worth five minutes of your time.