January 2011

The North Atlantic Right Whale is Rare

The North Atlantic right whale is black, quite odd-looking, but majestic nonetheless. It’s also rare. So rare, in fact, that it was put on the endangered species list. There are rumored to only be 350 left on the planet. Why so few?

North Atlantic right whales are slow moving creatures. Therefore, they are prone to ship strikes. According to scientists, these whales cross directly into navigational channels against the flow of ship traffic. They are also commonly spotted near shorelines. They are known to swim up and down the Atlantic coast, alone, in a pod or with their babies.