Hear all about it!Southern Right Whales form large groups in breeding areas but otherwise live in small groups or on their own. They are slow swimmers but can be very acrobatic. They can “head stand” by tipping themselves vertical and waving their flukes in the air.
Occasionally they will breach (jump out of the water) up to ten times in a row. Southern Right Whales will often use their broad fins to ’sail’ by sticking them out of the water to catch the wind. Their feeding grounds are in the cold Antarctic waters. They migrate to their warmer breeding grounds further north in the waters around Australia, South Africa and South America.
Threats include; climate change affecting their migration routes, breeding and feeding sites and food supply. Illegal whaling, pollution, noise pollution (noise from ships and seismic surveying), injury from shipping and stranding.