The northern right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, is the rarest whale in the world, with just 300 whales remaining on the western side of North America, and just a handful in the Northeast Atlantic and North Pacific. The species has been severely depleted in the past by commercial whaling and, because of their low reproductive rate, are struggling to survive or recover. Right whales frequent coastal waters and this places them at high risk of threats posed by human interactions. It is also notoriously docile and a slow swimmer.
On the 30th April 1998, the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO), issued a press release entitled, 'International Observation of Whaling and Sealing'.
WDCS is pleased to announce another success in the ongoing anti-captivity campaign.
The following letter appeared in the April edition of the science magazine 'Nature'.
Mark Simmonds and Christopher Stroud
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
Alexander House, James St. West, Bath BA1 2BT
WDCS has received reports that the Makah tribe of Washington State, USA have made plans to initiate a hunt beginning in October of 1998.
The following is taken from the Australian wire service APP;