North Pacific Right Whale (Eubalaena japonica)

The North Pacific right whales were the first of the great whales to be regularly hunted by commercial whalers.  All populations today remain highly endangered.  In 2010, NOAA Fisheries scientists estimated that the population of North Pacific right whales that summer in the southeastern Bering Sea was approximately 30 animals.  Right whales have no dorsal fin, have a stocky black body with varying amounts of white on the underside.  They have a very broad back and paddle-shaped flippers and all have callosities—roughened patches of epidermis (skin) covered with aggregated clusters of hundreds of small cyamids. They are mostly found in coastal and shelf waters, but they have also been found offshore. The North Pacific right whale occurs from the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kuril Islands east though the Bering Sea and the Aleutians to the Gulf of Alaska.  A few sightings have occurred along the West Coast of the United States, as far south as California, particularly in the 1990s.

Current threats: Due to their rare occurrence and scattered distribution, it is nearly impossible to assess all the threats to this species, but based on known threats of right whales in the Atlantic Ocean, possible threats include ship strikes and entanglements.  

To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, please call: 1-866-767-6114 
For law enforcement, harassments,  and other violations, please call:  1-800-853-1964

For entangled marine mammals, please call: 1-877-SOS-WHALe or 1-877-767-9425
or hail the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Ch. 16
To report derelict gear, please call: 1-855-542-3935