North Atlantic Right Whale

Northern right whaleThe North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) can grow up to 18 meters and weigh up to 100,000 kilograms. They were named 'right' whale by fisherman, because they thought it was the right whale to hunt, as they swim close to the shore, float when killed and 40 % of their body is blubber. Baleen whales feed with their baleen, they 'skim' the water with their mouth open. Water and prey come into the mouth of the whale, but only the water can pass throught, leaving prey like zooplankton, krill, little shrimps behind. There are about 300 Atlantic Northern Right Whales living today, almost all in the western North Atlantic, and are an endangered species.

Keywords: migrate , black , white

The North atlantic right whale is listed as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the northern right whale
A young / baby of a northern right whale is called a 'calf'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A northern right whale group is called a 'gam, pod or herd'.
Northern right whale habitats
Epipelagic (0-200m), Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic and Pelagic
Some facts about the
Northern right whale

Adult weight : 23000 kg (50600 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 67 years

Female maturity :2920 days

Male maturity : 2920 days

Gestation : 350 days

Weaning : 213 days

Litter size : 1

Interval between litters : 1445 days

Weight at birth : 794.328 kg (1747.5216 lbs)

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