North Atlantic Right Whale

North Atlantic Right Whale.  Photo:  WDC
North Atlantic Right Whale. Photo: WDC
  •  Scientific Name: Eubalaena glacialis
  • Length: 45 – 55 feet
  • Weight: up to 70 tons
  • Worldwide Population: approx. 400
  • Status: Critically endangered. Boats may not approach within 500 yards of a right whale.
  • Description:  Large, dark whale with a broad back and no dorsal fin. The lower jaw line is strongly arched and callosities are visible on the head. Callosities are roughened dark tissue covered with cyamids (small, light-colored crustaceans) that give the head a white, bumpy, appearance. Typically flukes (lifts the tail above the water surface) prior to a sounding dive. Flukes are all black with a smooth edge. Distinctive V-shaped spout.
North Atlantic right whale. Photo: NOAA
 Photo: NOAANorth Atlantic Right Whale.  Photo: NOAA Photo: NOAA
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Photo: NOAA

All images taken in accordance with 500 yard approach restriction regulations or NOAA Permit.

To learn even more about right whales and the coalition of groups that are working hard to protect this critically endangered species, visit the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium’s website.