A drone launched by Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari, a whale-watching operator in Dana Point, Calif., recently captured some remarkable footage of the region's only "resident" humpback gallivanting with some of the locals: a pod of playful dolphins. The smaller animals can be seen enjoying a surf session with their larger counterpart, leaping along in the wave he forms while he swims.
"Dolphins often ride the front of boats like this and catch a free ride," writes Capt. Dave Anderson in a release. "But this ‘whale surfing' is only rarely seen and as far as we know has never been filmed with a drone before."