18 North Atlantic right whales have died since April 2017 (as of Jan 2018). No calves have been reported in 2018.
With around only 460 remaining, the North Atlantic right whale could become extinct within 25 years at the current rate.
The biggest threat to these creatures was – and still is – man. Right whale populations were depleted to near extinction by whaling and are still struggling to recover.
Because right whales are coastal and spend most of their lives in waters also heavily used by humans, 72% of their known mortality is attributed to either being struck by a vessel or entangled in commercial fishing gear. But it doesn’t have to be this way! With small changes humans and whales can share these areas without continuing to push this species to extinction.
Find out what you can do to support our efforts to fight for greater protection of these whales.