When Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California, set out to sea, he made sure to take his new drone with him.

The drone flew high above the ocean, capturing every rippling wave. But Anderson never expected to capture what he did.

In the footage, which he edited into a five-minute video, you can see a huge mega-pod of thousands of dolphins stampeding off Dana Point and three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente.

The footage becomes even more jaw-dropping when it captures heartwarming close-ups of a newborn Humpback whale calf cuddling and playing with his mom, while another whale watched nearby.

“This is the most beautiful and compelling five-minute video I have ever put together,” Capt. Dave says. “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!”

While using a drone while out on the ocean sounds like a great idea, Capt. Dave wants to remind people that it is illegal to do anything that causes whales to change their normal behavior.

Capt. Dave is a whale watch captain with nearly 20 years of experience and made sure to obey the laws during filming.

Watch his breathtaking footage in the video below: