:Made by Erik Leszczynski:
  • Description
  • Large baleen whales
-Baleen whales lack teeth, instead having rows of baleen plates to sift through plankton
-Right whales have around 500 of these plates hanging from their jaws.
-Each plate can be up to eight feet long
  • Stocky body(doesn't look streamlined)
  • Large head taking up 1/4 of total body length
-Adults weigh up to 70 tons. Females larger than males.
  • Black colored
-Some have white spots on bottom
  • No dorsal fin
Eating
  • Feed on copepods and krill
-Krill are tiny shrimp
-Copepods are crustacean-like plankton
-Right whales will swim through areas where these organisms are living Breedingand simply open their mouths.


-North Atlantic Right Whales are known to breed off the coast of Massachussetts
-Gestation is around 1 year
-Females have first calve at 9-10 years
-Calves weaned at 1 year old

  • Habitat
-North Atlantic Right Whales spend winter in Southeast, off coast of Georgia and Florida
-Waters used for calving and wintering
-Go north to New England to feed and nurse calves
-Due to very low numbers, little is known about their migration habits
-Range from Nova Scotia to Florida
-Also once found from Spain to Sweden

  • Problems
-Overfishing
-Right whales got their name because their bodies didn't sink, making them the "right" whale to hunt
-Oil used to fuel lamps
-Whaling outlawed

-Collisions with boats
-Shrimping vessels share the waters with right whales looking for food

-Fishing gear
-Get caught in lost shrimp nets and crab pots

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/cetaceans/rightwhale_northatlantic.htm