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Endangered Species Research ProjectThe Northern Right Whale By : Jack Crichton
What they look like?They are mostly black, with patches of white on its belly. Thehead is encrusted with barnacles and patches of hard skin.They can grow up to 17 m long and weigh between 40 to 80tonnes.
Habitat/Where found?They are found mainly in the Atlantic Ocean, off the easterncoast of North America.
What do they eat?They eat plankton, krill and small crustaceans, which they filterthrough their mouth from the water. They like to skim feed nearthe surface.
Babies (Calves)Female Northern Right Whales have 1 calf every 3 to 4 years.Calves stay with their mother for about 1 year.
What are its threats?The biggest threat to whales is commercial whaling, however hunting ofthe Northern Right Whale was banned in 1935. They still risk collisionswith ships and fishing gear because they like to feed near the surface.
Protection and ConservationThere are now less then 500 left.The key things that are being done to help Northern RightWhales are closing of fishing areas and slowing down ships incertain areas off the east coast of North America.