In the Shadow of Extinction: Meet the Right Whales Video

Apr 16, 2018

Each spring North Atlantic right whales visit Cape Cod Bay. The mammals are well-documented by researchers, but their numbers are dwindling. It’s estimated there are fewer than 450 North Atlantic right whales left. On April 18th, WCAI begins a special series of reports on the endangered North Atlantic right whale, called “In the Shadow of Extinction.”

We’ll look at the challenges facing the whales, and the people working to save them.


In this video, you can learn more about four well-documented right whales, with their fascinating stories of family ties, entanglement, and survival.



The images of right whales in the video are from the New England Aquarium's North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog, a collaborative effort of over 300 individuals and organizations.