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North Atlantic Right Whale


Scientific Name:
Eubalaena glacialis
Length:
13.5 - 18.0 m (44.3 - 59.1 ft)
Weight:
55000 - 95000 kg (121000 - 210000 lbs)
Status:
edangered
Prey:
Zooplankton, copepods, euphausiids and cyprids

Physical characteristics

Colored blue-black to brown with white spots and has horny callosities on the head and around the blowholes.

Behavioral characterization

Commonly seen to breach. lob-tail and slap flippers.

Distribution

Northwest atlantic, possibly in northeast

Population size

300 - 350

Predators

Large sharks and killer whales.

Migration/Dispersal patterns

They migrate to higher latitudes during spring and summer.

Social system/Group size

Usually seen solitary or in groups of 2 - 3, sometimes up to 12, but the groups splinter for feeding.

Major threats

Ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, habitat degradation and climate change.

Research efforts

Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team

Fun fact

The most endangered "great" whale species.