What's a right whale?  Let us tell you.

As of January 2019, federal scientists estimated that there were only 366 North Atlantic Right Whales left on the planet.  Since then, 11 more deaths have been documented.  The right whale is an endangered specie and is listed that way under the Endangered Species Act.

This particular whale was named the "right whale" by those that would kill it back the late 19th century because of how slow it was, and how it would float when dead.

A right whale is identified by the white rough patches on it's head.  It can grow up to 50 feet in length and weigh in up to 75 ton.  It's carnivorous, so it feeds on fish.  It may live up to 70 years. It spends a good portion of it's life foraging off the coast of New England.

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More than likely, if it doesn't pass away of old age a right whale will die by becoming tangled in fishing gear, by being hit by a passing ship, or by eating plastics.

Because North Atlantic Right Whales spend a lot of time in one particular area off the coast of New England, and in order to preserve them, the Northeast Canyon and Seamounts Marine National Monument was established in September of 2016 over a hundred miles from the southeast corner of Massachusetts, where a Maine lobster fisherman is rarely seen, if at all.

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After attending a round table discussion with those in the Maine fishing industry back in June at Bangor International Airport, President Trump signed a Proclamation to open up the Northeast Canyon and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing, it was his main message when he grabbed the bullhorn this past Sunday at Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, saying that he did this for the Maine Lobster industry.

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