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North Atlantic Right Whale

posted: 11/30/15
north atlantic right whale
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Status: Endangered
Scientific Name: Eubalaena glacialis
Number Left: 300-350 individuals
Size: Up to 70 tons, 45-55 feet

The most endangered of all whales, the North Atlantic Right Whale largely faces threats from human exploitation. Many scientists believe that the whale is extinct in the eastern North Atlantic and have been able to survive along the east coast of the U.S. and Canada. The whales become entangled in fishing gear, collide with ships, habit degradation and other factors. Sadly, though there have been large conservation efforts made to protect the whale against whaling, there are few signs of recovery for this species.

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How You Can Help:

  • NOAA: Learn more about the North Atlantic Right Whale's habitat, threats, and efforts being made for conservation.
  • Defenders of Wildlife: Discover how you can contribute to North Atlantic Right Whale conservation.
  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the North Atlantic Right Whale, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help ensure the species' survival.
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