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Southern Right Whale

Eubalaena australis


A southern right whale's head measures one third of its total length. It is one of the easiest whales to identify as the enormous head is also covered in white-coloured outgrowths of tough skin. These callosities form a unique pattern on each whale, like fingerprints in humans.


The southern right whale spends summer in the far Southern Ocean feeding, probably close to Antarctica. It migrates north in winter for breeding and can be seen by the coasts of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Namibia, Mozambique, Peru, Tristan de Cunha, Uruguay, Madagascar, New Zealand and South Africa. The total population is estimated to be around 10,000.

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bonner34 8 years ago

that's sick:]

bonner35 8 years ago


LarryGraziano 10 years ago

I have had the fortune of seeing this many times in and around Piramides. We have a home there. We spend little time there unfortunately. The peninsula Valdes is a magical place. Lovely spotting!

ChristyHolland 10 years ago

That's great!! You had some wonderful action!

chebeague2 10 years ago

Wow! That's a epic shot!

LeanneGardner 10 years ago


Chubut, Argentina

Spotted on Nov 3, 2004
Submitted on Jan 10, 2013

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