And Here’s the Drone Video of The #GloucesterMA #RightWhale From Martin Del Vecchio

On November 29, 2015, a rare North Atlantic right whale visited Bass Rocks, along the coast of Gloucester, MA. It spent about an hour and a half swimming very close to the shore, spy-hopping, rolling in the waves, and generally appearing to enjoy itself.

North Atlantic right whales are extremely rare and are critically endangered, with approximately 400 animals remaining. The New England Aquarium catalogs all known whales and sightings at, and in an email said:

“The folks at the Aquarium concur that this is a young whale. They believe it might be one of the calves that was born in the winter of 2014, so about 2 years old. Hopefully they’ll be able to confirm that once they get all available images/footage. If that’s the case, then that makes this an even more valuable sighting. Survival rate for calves and juveniles during the first couple of years is somewhat low, so when we can confirm that a calf has survived we all get pretty psyched. ”

You can read more about North Atlantic right whales here:

Filmed with a DJI Inspire 1 Pro drone, a Zenmuse X5 camera, and the Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm lens.
Video is copyright © 2015 by Martin Del Vecchio

26 thoughts on “And Here’s the Drone Video of The #GloucesterMA #RightWhale From Martin Del Vecchio

    1. This footage was from 10:00a to about 10:45a. The whale swam around Sherman’s Point, but I had to bring my drone in to change the batter. Once I was ready to take off again, we couldn’t see it. I went to Sherman’s Point, but still couldn’t see it, even though it was apparently swimming with all of the surfers!


    1. According to NOAA and the NE Aquarium, this is normal behavior for a juvenile right whale, except that it is rare for it to visit Cape Ann like this.

      And it didn’t appear to be sick or in distress in any way.


  1. I have been travelling to cape ann a couple of times a year for almost 25 years to whale watch, and have yet to see a right whale. thank you for sharing this special moment! Ironically, I stayed just up the road from Bass Rocks at Blue Shutters and went past this spot every day!


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