Right Whales

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Right Whales


(Balaenidae), a family of mammals of the order Cetácea. Length, 5-21 m. The belly is smooth without folds. The neck vertebrae are fused. The plates of the whalebone are narrow, long, and elastic. There are three genera, each with one species: the dwarf whale (temperate and cold waters of the southern hemisphere), the bowhead whale (northern Arctic Ocean), and the southern whale (cold and temperate seas of both hemispheres). They are few in number. Hunting of right whales has been forbidden by international convention since 1946.


Tomilin, A. G. Kitoobraznye. Moscow, 1957. (Zveri SSSR i prile-zhashchikh stran, vol. 9.)
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The area occupied by right whales expanded and then contracted over the course of the season in the same fashion (Fig.
This finding was significant because it was the first observation to call into question previous suggestions that this period of whaling was responsible for removing large numbers of right whales (approximately half [Cumbaa, 1986] of an estimated 25000-40000 kills between approximately 1530 and 1610 [Aguilar, 1986]) from the supposed historical population of right whales in this region.
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggests right whales remain on the brink of extinction in the area.
New Englanders in the late 1600s called members of this species "the right whale to catch.
The right whale lumbers along with its mouth half open filtering out plankton, its food, through the baleen plates.
Populating coastal areas with busy shipping lanes, active fisheries and industrial plants, Northern Right whales swim slowly, spending a lot of time at the surface, skim feeding and resting.
Southern right whales, for example, are thought to have numbered about 30 000 in Australian waters before a commercial whaling rush began on the species in 1830.
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