Southern right whale
Southern right whale - Eubalaena australis
- Family: Balaenidae
- Genus: Eubalaena
- Order: Cetacea
- Length: 13 to 17 m
- Weight: 30 to 50 tonnes
Description of the southern right whale
The southern right whale is similar to the bowhead whale but does not have a patch on its chin. Its mouth is highly calloused, providing a home for parasitic crustaceans. It is also called the Southern black whale, or black whale. In 2001, its population was estimated at 7,000 individuals.
Southern right whale. © eoearth.org
Behaviour of the southern right whale
Mainly found in Antarctica, the southern right whale can also roam the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. It feeds on plankton.
Southern right whale. © manning 999, Flickr CC by-NC-ND 2.0
Southern right whale - 2 Photos