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The Right Whale

Right whales attacking a ship.

Until the early 20th Century, it was believed that whales were a threat to ships. In 1913, a German ocean liner was reported to have been attacked by a pod of right whales in the Atlantic Ocean. But right whales are actually quite inoffensive. Despite its monstrous proportions, the black North Atlantic right whale was so named by whalers who thought is was the right whale to hunt, because they move slowly and, being rich in blubber, they float to the surface of the ocean after the kill.

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Learning Object Collection: The Legends of the Depths
Learning Object: Whales
Institution: Musée du Fjord