31 Jan '16, 1am

This species is one of the most at-risk cetaceans in the sea:

The North Atlantic Right Whale is one of three species of right whales (the North Pacific RW and Southern RW are the other two). Like all the great baleen whales, this species reaches very large sizes. With lengths up to 50 feet (15 m) and weights up to 64 metric tonnes (140,000 pounds), the North Atlantic Right Whale is one of the largest species on earth. Interestingly, though they are enormous, North Atlantic Right Whales are not predatory. They filter feed for prey and are totally harmless to people (other than through accidental collisions). This life history strategy is common among several large animals in the ocean, including the Whale Shark , the Basking Shark , and the other great whales. As opposed to other large baleen whales, which gulp water and filter out their prey after contracting their throat muscles and squeezing out the gulped water, right whales filte...

Full article: http://oceana.org/marine-life/marine-mammals/north-atlant...

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