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This photo is of a right whale.

The North Atlantic right whale is a critically endangered animal. This is mainly because of the numerous threats to the right whale in specific. Some of these threats are shipping and trading routes,  fishing gear, whale watching occurrences, and contaminants in the water.  Although they harbor a very small population, their numbers are slowly growing. The whales unique diet consists of various zooplankton, coepods and krill. The right whales have these distinctive patches of rough skin, unlike many other whales.They can grow up to 59 feet long, and weigh around 100 tons.

Fun fact: Right whales can get whale lice!

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