Pygmy Right Whale
This whale has a small head which takes up only 1/4 its total body length. The blow is small and not very noticeable. The animal has two distinct stripe-like coloration "chevrons".
They do not breach, spyhop, or show flukes.
Temperate waters of the southern hemisphere. Sightings occur in Tasmania year round and seasonally along the coast of South Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Falkland Islands, and some areas in Antarctica.
Social system/Group size
Usually seen solitary or in pairs.
Entanglement in fishing gear and habitat modification.
Because of the Pygnmy right whales numerous differences from the other right whales, some scientists believe that the pygmy right whale should be classified in a family by itself.