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Southern Right Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Eubalaena australis
Family Name:
Balaenidae
Size:
11-18 m
Weight:
25-66 tons
Color:
grey
Life Span:
50 years
Diet:
krill and plankton
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Southern Right Whale

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Southern Right Whale Description
  The right whales (Eubalaena spp.) are baleen whales with bow-shaped lower jaw and a head that is up to one-quarter of the body length. The head is hairier than most whales; up to 300 hairs are found on the tip of the lower jaw and 100 are on the upper jaw. There are also callosities (a series of horny growths) behind the blowhole, on the chin, above the eyes, on the lower lip, and on the rostrum (the beak-like upper jaw). Right whales are similar to bowhead whales, but smaller. These whales are rich in blubber and have 2 blowholes. The eyes are very small and lips are large. Right whales were named by whalers who considered them the "right" whales to hunt, since they were rich in blubber, they were easy to catch (they are relatively slow swimmers) and they floated after being killed.  
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