Body blue-black with white patches underneath. Head wide, with white callosities growths above and below the mouth and near the eyes. Mouth curves down. Water spray from blowhole is a "V" shape, about one spray per minute, less than 5 m high. Up to 18 m long.
Southern Right Whales can dive underwater for about 15 minutes. They do not feed in Australian waters. The females give birth to a young calf every three years, which swims at the mother's side for up to four months.
Humans interactions include:
Deaths have been reported from being tangled in fishing nets and from collisions with ships.
Temperate and polar oceans, near coastlines.
Southern temperate oceans including southern Australia. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Plankton or Particles
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Critically Endangered
- EPBC Act 1999 : Endangered
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix I)