North Pacific Right Whale
Has a stocky body, that is usually black. Some individuals have white patches on the underside. Has no dorsal fin. The head has about 1/4 of the body length. Has a strongly bowed margin of the lower lip and callosities on the head.
Are skimmers: feed by removing prey from the water using their baleens while moving through plankton with open mouthes.
Pacific Ocean, between 20° and 60° latitude
200 - 300
Unclear: some migrate to higher latitudes during spring and summer, some do not migrate at all.
Social system/Group size
Observed in small groups.
Ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.
NMFS "Draft North Pacific Right Whale Recovery Plan"
They were named by whalers: they thought these whales were the right species to kill because they were so slow swimmers.