Right Whales

Right Whales

About Right Whales

Right whales are three species of large baleen whales of the genus Eubalaena. They consist of three species; the North Atlantic right whale (E. glacialis), the North Pacific right whale (E. japonica) and the southern right whale (E. australis). They are classified in the family Balaenidae with the bowhead whale. Right whales have rotund bodies with arching rostrums, V-shaped blowholes and dark gray or black skin. The most distinguishing feature of a right whale is the rough patches of skin on its head which appear white due to parasitism by whale lice. Right whales can grow up to 18 m (59 ft) long and weigh up to 100 short tons (91 t; 89 long tons), significantly larger than humpbacks or grays, but smaller than blues. Males of this genus have genitals that are larger than those of any other living animal. All three species are migratory, moving to certain areas to feed or give birth.

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