Our Right Whale Research Project is helping conserve right whales by reducing their risk of ship strike, decreasing the threat of fishing gear entanglement and increasing our understanding of individual histories and family relationships.
A New England Aquarium right whale researcher was the first to observe a North Atlantic right whale birth during a tracking mission. Read the full account and get details on the right whale mother and calf.
We have successfully spearheaded two separate campaigns to relocate commercial shipping vessels in an effort to reduce the risk of accidental collision between right whales and large boats and vessels.
The Urban Whale, edited by New England Aquarium right whale researchers Scott Kraus and Rosalind Rolland, is a cumulative review of our current knowledge about the biology and plight of right whales.
With more than 200,000 photographs dating back to 1935, the North Atlantic Right Whale Photo-Identification Catalog is the most complete right whale identification resource available to researchers today.
The New England Aquarium is an integral part of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium. The Consortium includes individuals and organizations active in right whale research, conservation and management. Together, we are working to ensure the long-term conservation and recovery of right whales in the North Atlantic.
In 2004, the Smithsonian asked the Aquarium's right whale experts for help in the development of a life-sized right whale model to be the focal point of a new exhibit. The model is an actual replica of a cataloged individual, a female named Phoenix, Catalog #1705. Amy Knowlton and Marilyn Marx worked with modelers, designers and writers to make sure the model, and every other detail of information about right whales, was as accurate and as up-to-date as possible. The Smithsonian also launched an online ocean resource called the Ocean Portal featuring photos and information about right whales provided by Aquarium researchers.