By now, I'm sure many of you have seen Captain Dave's incredible footage of whales and dolphin pods. It's beautiful. And I love Dave's explanation:
"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!"
But before you go racing out to film a pod of dolphins, take heed. The Marine Mammal Protection Act has established a number of rules around how aircraft can be used around marine mammals, and penalties are sever. More on this coming from Andrew David Thaler of Souther Fried Science.