(Please note: All video in this story was provided courtesy of DolphinSafari.com and may not be used without their permission)
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Some of the best whale watching in the world happens just off the Southern California coast. But for those who don't have the time to take a whale watching trip, images of the magnificent creatures are now just a mouse click away.
Thousands and thousands of marine life enthusiasts are now experiencing the wonders of whale watching without leaving their homes.
"Maybe they're somewhere out in a different part of the country, or they're shut-ins or maybe they can't afford to go whale watching. They can tune in," Captain Dave Anderson said.
Anderson's catamaran sailboat off Dana Point is rigged with video cameras providing live-streaming views from both above and underwater, letting anyone with an internet connection enjoy the whale watching excursion in real time, and for free.
"Anyone can tune in and watch the live broadcast as it happens," Dave said.
Captain Dave is also amazing audiences with a video he created using a quadcopter drone equipped with a camera capturing awe-inspiring aerial views, from a peaceful megapod of dolphins off Dana Point to a group of grey whales off San Clemente, to an adorable newborn humpback calf under the protective care of its mother in Maui.
It's a video that's now gone viral, and is sparking a visceral reaction from viewers.
"I mean, people are crying. People are saying that this gives them hope. It makes them care," Dave said. "People are just pouring their hearts out, saying how much the video means to them."