Southern Right Whale
The coloration is black with a white patch near the belly. Has a large head with barnacle like growths and hair on the lower jaw and the chin. Has no dorsal fin. The flippers and flukes are wide.
Known to be highly vocal and slow swimmers that breach and wave the flippers often.
10,000 - 12,000; numbers are increasing by 7% per annum
They migrate between feeding grounds in the colder Antarctic waters to warmer breeding grounds closer to the equator in winter.
Social system/Group size
Mostly seen in groups of 2 - 3; up to 12 individuals at feeding grounds.
They are threatened by ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and climate change. Another problem is paratism by kelp gulls that gouge skin and blubber from the whales' backs.
Right Whales are among the slowest swimming whales.