Many thanks to Martin Del Vecchio for sharing his video and still images (see photos here) of the spectacularly beautiful pod of North American Right Whales feeding off of Cape Ann shores yesterday, May 4, 2018.
WCVB reporter Duke Castiglione was on Long Beach yesterday for the following story. Click on the link below to see Cape Ann locals and Castiglione at Long Beach!
NOAA extends emergency bans to protect endangered right whales
WCVB: Federal authorities have extended a ban on trap gear closures for part of Cape Cod Bay to reduce the risk of right whales becoming entangled in trap gear.
Right whales are critically endangered and scientists say their population has been decreasing since 2010 due to continued mortality and low birth rates.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, recent aerial surveys have observed upward of 100 right whales — about 25% of the known population — within Western Cape Cod Bay.
Officials said high plankton counts indicate the whales will likely remain in the bay into next week.
The whales have also been spotted off the coast of Cape Ann.
The Salem News reports Marblehead has been treated to some rare sightings of right whales over the past several days.
Right Whales are feeding along the Massachusetts coastline on their northward migration to feeding grounds off the coast of Nova Scotia, amongst other northern locations.
Martin writes, “The North Atlantic Right Whales that have been spotted around Gloucester spent the morning feeding just off Long Beach. And I mean just off; in some cases, within 20 feet of the rocks.
Martin Del Vecchio’s drone video highlights from Gloucester’s fireworks display July 3, 2016. Great capture Martin!
Beautiful and gorgeous drone video from Martin Del Vecchio, of Saint Peter’s Fiesta carnival lit up at night. Love this and thank you for sharing Martin!
Mike Sanfilippo Grabs the Friday Greasy Pole
Thanks to Martin Del Vecchio for organizing the wonderfully fun Where the Heck is Matt Harding Gloucester event. Martin remarked that he was worried only a few folks would show up to dance or possibly the reverse and too many, but there was just exactly the right amount!
Work kept me longer than had hoped and I only caught the after party, which was also lots of fun. From fans young and old, Matt was inundated with requests for autographs, and more dancing, and he graciously accommodated all.
Created by Martin Del Vecchio for Amanda Cook’s birthday and starring Jess Wall Gallagher, Michele Cremin Del Vecchio, Jane Cunningham, Tad Cunningham, Kelly West Figueroa-Ray, Tony Goddess, Samantha Porter Giddings, AnnMarie Shimanoski, , Amber Gaumnitz, Camilla MacFadyen, Lara Lepionka, Stevens Brosnihan, John Sarrouf, James Dowd, Sharon Bo Abrams, James Cook, Amanda Babson, Kimberly Buckley, Dennis Monagle, Joe Cardoza, KT Beans, and more!!
Thank you Marty and director Dawn Sarrouf for sharing this sneak peak and fantastic photos of the East Gloucester Elementary School’s upcoming performance of the Tempest.
Show times are Friday and Saturday, April 1st and 2nd at 7pm; Saturday, April 2nd matinee at 11am; and Monday April 4th at 6pm. COME!
All Photos Courtesy 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 http://rwcatalog.neaq.org/, 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:
Gloucester Museum School – Project Adventure Summer Camp – Rowing the Jones River Salt Marsh
Martin Del Vecchio submits-
This is how kids start their day in the Project Adventure Summer camp; by rowing the Jones River Salt Marsh to the day’s destination. My kids have done this camp for four years now, and they absolutely love it.
In celebration of Shark Week (July 5th through the 12th), I thought it would be fun to see Martin Del Vecchio’s amazing basking shark video shot in 4K with his drone off of Bass Rocks. So cool that Martin captured and so cool we have Basking Sharks visiting our shores!
The East Gloucester Elementary School 5th-grade class presents Robin Hood!
There will be three performances:
Thursday, April 9th at 7:00pm
Friday, April 10th at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 11th at 2:00pm
GREAT JOB on the video Martin and Robin Hood Cast!!
The first video is of Good Harbor Beach and the salt marsh:
The second video is of the Annisquam River from the cut bridge to the MBTA bridge and beyond:
The photos are available here
Some of Craig and Martin’s Drone Work-
For the past 15 years, every 5th-grader in the Gloucester Public Schools district has sailed Gloucester Harbor with captain Tom Ellis in his schooner the Thomas E. Lannon.
The students travel a century back in time to learn how Gloucestermen sailed, navigated, fished, and sang sea chanteys to entertain each other in the age of sail.
On September 18, 2014, the East Gloucester School 5th-graders had their turn to learn about their history.
You can learn more at www.schooner.org
Gloucester residents Calvin Del Vecchio (9) and Treely Dowd (8) decided that they didn’t need any presents at their joint Ninja birthday party. Instead, they asked each guest to bring a small donation for The Open Door.
They raised a total of $87, which they presented to Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director of The Open Door. She said, "Donations like this touch the heart and inspire us all to give what we can to help make a difference in our community."