North Pacific Right Whale

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyBalaenidae
GenusEubalaena
Binomial nameEubalaena japonica

Range Map

Description

The North Pacific right whale measures between 49-65 ft (15-17m) with a weight of 34-90 tons. Females grow larger than males, and both genders are almost identical in appearance to the North Atlantic right whale, although they can grow a little larger.

They are one of the most critically endangered species of whale, with an estimated population of 400-500 in the world today.