Massachusetts Right Whale Day 2024

Celebrate Right Whale Day at the New England Aquarium on April 24.

By New England Aquarium on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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Visitors pose with Calvin, an inflatable right whale Photo: Vanessa Kahn

Join us on Wednesday, April 24, as we celebrate the second annual Massachusetts Right Whale Day. With less than 360 individuals remaining, the North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest whale species in the world but can often be seen right in our backyard. Learn more about how you can help honor and protect this critically endangered species at Right Whale Day.

Massachusetts Right Whale Day Commemoration

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Harbor Tent & Terrace (behind the Aquarium)

Hear from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the New England Aquarium, Center for Coastal Studies, state legislators, and more. Organizations and businesses advancing right whale conservation efforts will also have tables with information on right whale research, on-demand or “ropeless” fishing gear, and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust Right Whale license plate program. The event is free and open to the public.

Calvin the Inflatable Right Whale and Activity Table

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Central Wharf Plaza (in front of the Aquarium)

Calvin, the life-sized inflatable right whale, will be on full display on the front plaza (weather permitting). Meet Aquarium scientists and participate in hands-on educational activities highlighting North Atlantic right whale research conducted through our Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life.

Educator Presentations

Throughout the Day
New England Aquarium

Inside the Aquarium, educators will use marine mammal biological artifacts to introduce guests to right whale research and conservation.


We hope to see you there!

Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life researchers talk to visitors about right whales
Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life researchers talk to visitors about right whales Photo: Vanessa Kahn

Make a Difference for Right Whales

These critically endangered animals need our help. See how you can get involved with the Aquarium’s work to protect right whales.