Right Whales in the News
The right whales are extremely endangered. On December 4, 2006, the National Marine Fisheries Service extended its temporary restrictions on lobster pot and anchored gillnet fishermen in two areas south of Portland, Maine. The restrictions are intended to protect Northern right whales in the area from bycatch.
Meanwhile, the Southern right whale is at risk from kelp gulls off the coast of Argentina. The birds pierce the skin of adult whales and their calves, and feed on blood and blubber.