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Entangled Right Whale Named Sawtooth

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Entangled Right Whale Named Sawtooth

Picture by: NOAA and Georgia Department of Natural Resources Picture taken on: February 9th, 2009

Tags: disentanglement right whale southeast

A young male right whale named Sawtooth, released in 2009 off the coast of Georgia . Right whales are large baleen whales, weighing up to 70 tons and measuring 45 to 55 feet in length. Females are larger than males. Distinguishing features for right whales include a stocky body, generally black coloration (although some individuals have white patches on their undersides), lack of a dorsal fin, a large head (about 1/4 of the body length), strongly bowed margin of the lower lip, and callosities (raised patches of roughened skin) on the head region. Two rows of long (up to eight feet in length) dark baleen plates hang from the upper jaw, with about 225 plates on each side. The tail is broad, deeply notched, and all black with a smooth trailing edge.

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