The population of these whales had shown a slow but steady increase since international protection in the mid-20th century when extreme hunting practices virtually eliminated this species. There are estimated to be approximately 4,000 currently surviving individuals in the southern hemisphere.
Unlike its close relatives, i.e., the North Pacific whale and North Atlantic whale, both endangered, the Southern Right whale has started to recover and is of the Least concern. Aside from international protection, individual countries are also protecting these whales and improving their ability to survive and reproduce. For instance, in Brazil, the Right Whale project has been in effect since 1981, which aims to protect their breeding grounds off the coast of South Brazil.
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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