The North Atlantic right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, is among the most endangered of the world's large whales with an estimated population of approximately 500 individuals. Historically depleted by commercial whaling, ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements are now the largest threats to right whales. The coastal waters off Florida and Georgia are the only known calving area for North Atlantic right whales and these waters have been designated as right whale critical habitat by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Right whales are typically sighted off Florida between November and April.
Learn about North Atlantic right whales and what to do if you spot
one of these critically endangered animals.
FWRI conducts aerial surveys each winter in an effort to reduce
ship strike collisions with right whales. FWRI biologists respond
to reports of dead, injured, and entangled whales and conduct
research including photo identification and genetic sampling of
right whales. Through the use of GIS technology FWRI creates maps
and other products used in right whale management and conservation
View images of juvenile and adult North Atlantic right whales, and learn more about this critically endangered species and current research and conservation efforts.