|You might also like:||MINKE WHALE||BOWHEAD WHALE||GRAY WHALE: ZoomWhales.com||Right Whale Print-out||SPERM WHALE||Today's featured page: CONTINENTAL DRIFT - Paleontology and Geology Glossary|
ALL ABOUT WHALES!
|What is a Whale?||Whale Information Sheets||Anatomy and Behavior||Extreme Whales||Whale Myths||Whale Evolution||Whale Classification||Whale Glossary||Whale Activities||Whale Index|
|Right whales (Eubalaena spp.) are baleen whales (Suborder Mysticeti).
Kingdom Animalia (animals)
Phylum Chordata (vertebrates)
Class Mammalia (mammals)
Order Cetacea (whales and dolphins)
Suborder Mysticeti (baleen whales)
The number of species of right whales is in dispute; most biologists believe there are two species, Eubalaena glacialis, the northern right whale, and Eubalaena australis, the southern species. Some believe that right whales from the north Pacific should be considered a third species, Eubalaena japonica. The right whales are probably an example of a species that is in the process of diverging into separate species after prolonged separation across the globe.
Right whales may have a life expectancy of over 60 years, although this figure is not at all certain (very little is known about these whales).
Northern right whales are near extinction due to past hunting pressures and are an endangered species; it is estimated that there are 500-1,000 northern right whales alive and they are near extinction. The southern whales are more abundant (there are perhaps 3,000 alive) but are vulnerable to extinction and are also an endangered species.
(and other cetaceans)
Over 35,000 Web Pages
Sample Pages for Prospective Subscribers, or click below
Overview of Site|
Enchanted Learning Home
Monthly Activity Calendar
Books to Print
Parts of Speech
The Test of Time
TapQuiz Maps - free iPhone Geography Game
Biology Label Printouts
Physical Sciences: K-12
Art and Artists
Label Me! Printouts
|Search the Enchanted Learning website for:|