Northern Atlantic right whale Eubalaena glacialis Müller, 1776
Suborder: Mysticeti Family: Balaenidae
Sightings in Madeira
Only 2 record from January 1959 and February 1967
Large, uniformly dark, rotund and finless body with very big round head covered in callosities (looking like white patches).
Large, paddle-shaped flippers and pointed flukes with distinct notch in the middle.
Slow swimmer often exposing huge head.
Frequently inquisitive, approachable and demonstrative of its acrobacies
Mainly in the North Atlantic, between parallels 60º and 30º North.
In cold waters of temperate and subpolar region of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Alone or in groups up to 20 individuals
Krill and crustaceans
Max length: 18.3 m
Adult weight: 30 to 80 ton
Wide V-shaped up to 5 meters high
IUCN Status: Endangered
Madeira frequency status: Only 2 records
Other languages common names
ENG - Northern Right Whale
GER - Atlantische Nordkaper
FRA - Baleine franche de l'Atlantique Nord, Baleine de Biscaye, Baleine des Basques
ESP - Ballena franca glacial, Ballena de los Vascos, Ballena franca del Norte, Ballenga
SWE - Nordkapare
DAN - Nordkaper, Biscayahval, Nordhval
ITA - Balena franca nordatlantica
NED - Noordkaper
NOR - Nordkaper
POL - Wieloryb biskajski, wal biskajski
POR - Baleia franca do Atlântico norte
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