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The northern right whale is one of the most amazing marine animals that appear along the Georgia coast. Every winter, these large mammals migrate from their breeding grounds off New England and Nova Scotia to the coastal waters of Georgia and North Florida to give birth to their calves.
Weighing up to 200,000 lbs. and reaching lengths of over 50 feet, the northern right whale seems almost invulnerable. Despite their formidable appearance, these whales are critically endangered. Only about 300 individuals remain because the species was intensively hunted by whalers during the 19th and early 20th century. Research organizations, non-profit groups and protective legislation are helping the population to recover. However, its survival is still threatened by collisions with large ships and entrapment in fishing nets.
Don’t miss the movie that tells the story of the northern right whale in Georgia Explorer Theater!