Right whale newborn found on Fla. beach
A newborn Right Whale was found dead yesterday on a beach in Florida. One of the most endangered whales in the world, the North Atlantic Right whale population is estimated to consist of only 350 or so individuals. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials transported the 1500 pound calf to the University of Florida's college of Veterinary Medicine for a complete necropsy to determine the cause of death.
Right whales got their name because they were particularly easy to hunt, and were referred to as the 'right whale' to target. One of the reasons for earning this name was that once dead, the right whale would float high in the water due to the copious amount of blubber, making it particularly easy to prepare for market. For more information on what IFAW is doing to help the Right whale, click here.