North Atlantic right whales can be easily distinguished from other cetaceans by the absence of a dorsal fin on their back, and they are dark grey to black with some white patches on their head and belly.
They also have paddle-like pectoral flippers and a long arching mouth that starts above the eye.
Unfortunately, they tend to stay close to the coast, and having high blubber content that produces a high yield of whale oil makes them once a preferred target for whalers.
They are listed as Critically Endangered and among the most endangered whales in the world. Ship strikes, fishing gear entanglement, and climate change mainly threaten their population.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No