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Orcas Slap, Kill, But Don't Eat Their Prey
It’s impossible to tell why the whales didn’t eat their prey, one expert says, but here are a few suggestions.
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How This Whale Got Nearly 20 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach
Eighty shopping bags and other plastic debris clogged the animal’s stomach, making it unable to eat.
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Prehistoric Toothless Whale Among Oldest of Its Kind
Fossils unearthed in New Zealand belonged to an ancestor of minkes and humpbacks that lived about 27.5 million years ago.
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Why Do Whales Get So Big? Science May Have An Answer.
Marine mammals have evolved their whopping size for a reason—and it's not what we expected.
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Bad Breeding Season Spells Trouble For Endangered Whale
Left unchecked, human activity killing the North Atlantic right whales could make them go extinct in 20 years, experts say.
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First POV Video From A Minke Whale’s Back
Scientists finally got a camera on one of the small, elusive whales and can now see what their lives are like.
About Right Whale

Right whales are the rarest of all large whales. There are several species, but all are identified by enormous heads, which can measure up to one-third of their total body length.

These whales' massive heads and jaws accommodate hundreds of baleen “teeth.” Rights and other baleen-feeding whales use a comblike strainer of baleen plates and bristles to ensnare tiny morsels of food as they swim. Right whales feed on zooplankton and other tiny organisms using baleens up to 8 feet long.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Right Whales

Scientific Name: Eubalaena

Type: Mammals

Diet: Carnivores

Group Name: Pod

Size: 50 ft

Weight: 70 tons

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