VIDEO: Whale mother and calf caught on camera near Surf City beach

SURF CITY, N.C. (WITN) – Residents in one Eastern Carolina beach town were treated to a visit by a whale mother and her calf.

Eric Vithalani lives at Surf City and sent video of what are believed to be North Atlantic right whales.

Vithalani said that he saw the whales were near the beach thanks to a post on Facebook.

He said he was between beach access 4 & 5 when he spotted them in the distance.

Putting up his drone, Vithalani said he positioned the drone high enough not to bother them and zoomed in.

“I was just in awe of them. Grateful to be able to see them here,” Vithalani told WITN.