Southern Right Whale Fact Sheet

Common Name:

southern right whale

Scientific Name:

Eubalaena australis

Wild Status:

Least Concern


subarctic oceans, temperate waters during breeding season


Southern hemisphere


open ocean

Life Span:

50 years (estimated)


Length: 47 ft // Weight: 51,000 lbs

Cool Facts:

  • Southern right whales have baleen teeth that help them filter feed.
  • They have been observed interacting with dolphins and Humpback whales.
  • Calves weigh over 3,000 pounds at birth.
  • Killer wales, kelp gulls, Great White sharks are known natural predators of Southern right whales.
  • Southern right whales do not have a dorsal fin, like other right whales.


Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Infraorder: Cetacea Family: Balaenidae Genus: Eubalaena Species: E. australis

Conservation & Helping:

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