right whale

  1. large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil
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  • The station relied heavily on orcas to herd the southern right whales to the harpoons at the ready.
  • There are three kinds of whale; the Greenland, called by the sailors the right whale, as being most highly prized by them; the great northern rorqual, called by fishers the razor-back or finner, and the cachalot or spermaciti whale. Thrilling Stories Of The Ocean From Authentic Accounts Of Modern Voyagers And Travellers; Designed For The Entertainment And Instruction Of Young People
  • Central to this image is the eye of a baby southern right whale. The young whale sticks close to its mother as they navigate Patagonia's Nuevo Gulf before the spring migration to Antarctica.
  • To the left is an upside down picture of a beached right whale showing the long baleen plates that hang from the upper jaw.
  • We do know that its baleen is particularly fine, allowing it to filter the comparatively small copepods [adjacent photo, also from the Right Whale Aerial Surveys site, shows a feeding sei. Lunging is expensive, jaws can be noisy, and what’s with the asymmetry? Rorquals part III
  • Even small changes in the oceanographic conditions in the Southern Ocean, the circumpolar sea around Antarctica, could affect southern right whale population dynamics.
  • Just last year, an apparent bowhead-right whale hybrid was photographed in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia.
  • The bowhead is a single species - closely related to the right whale - and is remarkable for being the only baleen whale to spend all its time in Arctic waters. BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
  • A southern right whale surfaces in the waters near the Argentinian village of Puerto Piramides on June 17.
  • Then, again, if you fix your eye upon this strange, crested, comblike incrustation on the top of the mass -- this green, barnacled thing, which the Greenlanders call the "crown," and the Southern fishers the "bonnet" of the Right Whale; fixing your eyes solely on this, you would take the head for the trunk of some huge oak, with a bird's nest in its crotch. Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
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