Threatened species of Balaenidae

Other Names:
Threatened species of bowhead whales
Endangered species of right whales

Hunting pressures many hundreds of years ago, leading right up until the 1930s, almost wiped out right whales completely. Strict hunting bans over some 65 years, have not brought them back to levels that would assure their survival.


5 species; 2 endangered.

Scientists believe there are only 300 or so northern right whales left in the North Atlantic, and even less in the North Pacific.

Narrower Problems:
Threatened species of Eubalaena
Conserving whales
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
23.09.2020 – 22:17 CEST