Right Whale Research & Conservation

Protect Florida Whales plate

A portion of this research is funded by proceeds from Florida's Protect Florida Whales specialty license plate, granted by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation.

Whales are threatened by disease, loss of habitat, and other factors that lead to an average of one stranding per week along Florida’s coastline. Studying these events can help characterize human impacts on marine ecosystems and potential impacts on humans. There are as many as 12 whale species that inhabit Florida coastal waters, including the most endangered of all great whales: the North Atlantic right whale, which depends on Florida’s warm winter waters for calving and nursing.
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Right Whale Video

Watch an educational video about the endangered North Atlantic right whale by  clicking here.

Right Whale Educational Resources

Access a story book, activity sheets, and lesson plans for elementary school students here.