Home > Terms > English, UK (UE) > Right whale

Right whale

The common name for the species of Eubalaena glacialis whales. The name was originally given by whalers who thought the marine mammals the right whales to kill because they favoured shallow coastal waters close to ports, moved slowly, and often lingered on the surface. Such traits made them easy targets to harpoon, and they often conveniently floated after they died, thanks to their exceptionally thick blubber layer. As such, they were nearly hunted to extinction during the active years of the whaling industry.

Research has shown that right whales are very friendly to humans.

This is auto-generated content. You can help to improve it.
  • Part of Speech: noun
  • Synonym(s):
  • Blossary:
  • Industry/Domain: Animals
  • Category: Whales
  • Company:
  • Product:
  • Acronym-Abbreviation:
Collect to Blossary

Member comments

You have to log in to post to discussions.

Terms in the News

Featured Terms

  • 564636


  • 0


  • 1


Industry/Domain: Arts & crafts Category: Ceramics

1740 Qianlong Vase

The 16-inch tall Chinese vase with a fish motif on the front and gold banding on top. It was made for the Emperor Qianlong by a un-known master ...


Contributors in Animals

Featured blossaries


Category: Arts   2 31 Terms

Smart Watch

Category: Technology   2 6 Terms

Browers Terms By Category