081013_JScarff-21Order Cetacea

Family Balaenidae

Scientific Name

Eubalaena japonica

Thumbnail Description

The North Pacific Right Whale is the most endangered whale on the planet earth (IUCN).

Size and Weight

Length: 15 to 18.3 m (49 to 60 ft)

Weight: 50,000–80,000 kg (110,000–180,000 lb)

Largest specimen ever recorded: 19.8 m (65 ft)

Habitat

Temperate and Sub-arctic waters, coastal or shelf waters

Distribution

Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, California, Sea of Okhotsk, Aleutian Island chain, coastal Baja California

Diet

Copepods, Calanus marshallae, euphausiid larvae, Euphausia pacifica

Reproduction

1

Population

3,600

Baby Name

Calf

Lifespan

60 – 70 years

Speed

9 km/h

Nature

Migratory

Conservation Status

Endangered