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right whale

n.
Any of several large baleen whales of the family Balaenidae, characterized by a large head with an arched upper jaw and absence of a dorsal fin.

[Because it was the "right" whale to kill.]
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right whale

n
(Animals) any large whalebone whale of the family Balaenidae. They are grey or black, have a large head, and, in most, no dorsal fin, and are hunted as a source of whalebone and oil. See also bowhead
[C19: perhaps so named because it was right for hunting]
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right′ whale`


n.
any of several large whalebone whales of the genus Balaena, of circumpolar seas.
[1715–25; allusion unclear]
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Noun1.right whale - large Arctic whalebone whaleright whale - large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
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The North Atlantic right whale, Eubalaena glacialis, weighs approximately 70 tons and averages 50 feet in length.
As an ecologist who has conducted research on the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) for the past 18 years, 1 think of myself as someone who knows a lot about right whales.
The results identified two species of whale: right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) and Grey whales (Eschrichtius robustus).
A APA da Baleia Franca apresenta como objetivo principal proteger a Baleia Franca Austral (Eubalaena australis), aonde muitos exemplares vem se reproduzir, dar a luz, amamentar e recrear.
Summer and fall habitat of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) inferred from satellite telemetry.--Can.
Many studies on the growth and development of rodents have been conducted on Spermophilus belding belding (Morton and Tung, 1971), Scotinomys teguina (Hooper and Carleton, 1976), Perognathus longimembris (Heteromyidae) and Rattus exulans (Murinae) (Creighton and Strauss, 1986), Spermophilus mollisand (Rickart, 1986), Apodemus semotus (Lin et al., 1993), Lagurus lagurus (Jiang et al., 1995) as well as other animals like Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Kanashiro et al., 2009), Eubalaena glacialis (Fortune et al., 2012), Angus pasture-fed cows (Goldberg and Ravagnolo, 2015), Unio terminalis delicates (Sereflisan and Gokce, 2016).
Recent studies have demonstrated that the southern right whale Eubalaena australis feeds locally during its stay in GN and GSJ.
With the exception of the pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps) and the extremely rare North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica), all cetacean species known to occur in the Hawaiian Islands EEZ were sighted during the HICEAS in 2010.
To reduce right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) deaths caused by ship collisions along the US East Coast, a rule was implemented on 8 December 2008 requiring all vessels [greater than or equal to] 65 feet (19.8 m) to travel 10 knots (18.5 km [h.sup.- 1]) or less in 10 seasonal management areas (SMAs).
Peninsula Valdes, ademas, es sitio de reproduccion de la Ballena Franca Austral (Eubalaena australis), gran mamifero marino cuyas crias pasan sus primeros tres meses de vida en las costas de los golfos Nuevo y San Jose (Payne, 1986; Taber y Thomas, 1982).