All right whale pictures were taken under NOAA permits or further away than 500 yards from the animal. It is illegal to approach right whales within 500 yards without a NOAA permit.

  •  Scientific Name: Eubalaena glacialis
  • Length: 45 – 55 feet
  • Weight: up to 70 tons
  • Worldwide Population: around 400
  • Status: Endangered. Boats may not approach within 500 yards of a right whale.
  • Description:  Large, dark whale with a broad back and no dorsal fin. The lower jaw line is strongly arched and callosities are visible on the head. Callosities are roughened dark tissue covered with cyamids (small, light-colored crustaceans) that give the head a white, bumpy, appearance. Typically flukes (lifts it tail above the water surface) prior to a sounding dive. Flukes are all black with a smooth edge. Distinctive V-shaped spout.


Photo: WDC Taken in accordance with 500 yard approach restriction.