The Human effect

by Autumn Watkins

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The Northern Right Whale

The most endangered whale species is the northern right whale, its total numbers are around 350 that travel the Atlantic coasts. In the 19th century during the "whaling days" this species got its name because the whale hunters believed that not only was it the "right" whale to kill but it was full of valuable whale oil and easy to handle because when dead it floats.


Even though this species is now protected, it still suffers losses due to getting tangled in commercial fishing gear which causes them to become wrapped up in fishing gear and drown. A change in climate also effects the population because it can lower the availability of the tiny crustaceans which they feed on. The most endangered whale species is the northern right whale, its total numbers are around 350 that travel the Atlantic coasts. In the 19th century during the "whaling days" this species got its name because the whale hunters believed that not only was it the "right" whale to kill but it was full of valuable whale oil and easy to handle because when dead it floats.


Even though this species is now protected, it still suffers losses due to getting tangled in commercial fishing gear which causes them to become wrapped up in fishing gear and drown. A change in climate also effects the population because it can lower the availability of the tiny crustaceans which they feed on.

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