Rare North Pacific Right Whale Caught on Camera

Written by on June 21, 2013 in Marine Life, Whales & Dolphins

For the first time in more than 60 years, a North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) was seen off the coast of British Columbia. Luckily for us, researcher John Ford and other researchers from the department of fisheries and oceans were there to film it.

There are less than 50 of these whales left in the eastern Pacific Ocean and no more than a few hundred left in the whole world. Ford and the research team hope that this sighting is a sign that the population will survive.

Check out this great post from The Province (link no longer active) to hear more about their encounter with this incredibly rare creature.

North Pacific Right Whale (Eubalaena japonica).

North Pacific Right Whale (Eubalaena japonica). Photo credit: NOAA.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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