Northern Atlantic right whales are a critically endangered species with fewer than 400 estimated to remain. Right whales are large baleen whales that grow to 55 feet in length and can weigh 70 tons. These gentle giants were hunted extensively beginning in the 12th century and named because they were the 'right' whales to hunt; they are slow moving and float when dead.
The world banned right whale hunting in 1937 but some hunting continued until the 1970s. Threats to the species now are ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. Sea to Shore Alliance has two right whale projects, click below to learn more.
Florida's Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville Beach