The story

Whaling fleets nearly wiped out North Atlantic right whales last century. Now these huge mammals are threatened by other human behavior: big ships, fishing gear and entanglement in federal bureaucracy.

For centuries, whale hunters nicknamed the species "right whales" because their mellow personalities, shallow feeding habits and lumbering, 70-ton bodies made them the easiest, or the right, whales to kill.

By the early 20th century, their numbers were so depleted that in 1935, hunting was banned. Read full article »

All About Endangered SpeciesMarine AnimalsU.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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