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Right whales were hunted to the brink of extinction. Despite over 40 years of federal protection, North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) have not recovered. Because they share their coastal water homes with us, human-caused impacts continue to pose daunting obstacles to the species' survival. Their population is now so small that every death is cause for serious alarm.

Protect critically endangered right whales and their habitat! 

Help protect the North Atlantic right whale by signing our petition. We are asking the U.S. government to expand critical habitat for North Atlantic right whales including:

1. Their Gulf of Maine feeding area (as proposed by NOAA)

2. Their southeast US calving area (as proposed by NOAA)


3. The southern range of currently designated critical habitat in the southeast

4. Their mid-Atlantic migratory corridor 

5. The waters off coastal Maine 

Sign the petition and we’ll deliver it with the attached letter to NOAA Fisheries. If you would like to add your own comment, please include the five points above.

Act right now to save the North Atlantic right whale
Act right now to save the North Atlantic right whale

WDC is committed to protecting the areas these whales call home.

Thanks to increased research and technology, we now know right whales need more space to feed, breed, socialize, migrate and raise their young. In fact, the US government agreed with WDC's joint petition to expand designated critical habitat for right whales, submitted back in 2009, though this has yet to be fully implemented. WDC will make sure their homes are protected - won't you help us accomplish this?

Sign our comment letter today.  We will be submitting comments and signatures to the National Marine Fisheries Service  (NMFS) April 17th, 2015.

I'd like to learn more about Marine Protected Areas by receiving a weekly email on MPA Mondays, through the end of April, 2015.

For more information about this issue, click here.

For more information about critical habitat, click here.

Would you like to do more? Our goal is to add 50 new monthly donors during this campaign. We are asking for 500 pennies each month - one for each remaining North Atlantic right whale.

Click here to donate your 500 pennies every month

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THE JOURNEY OF A RIGHT WHALE was developed by the Education Committee of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, of which WDC is a member. 

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