north atlantic right whale
Researchers call for emergency protections as 400 remaining animals fight for their lives.
"Right now, the sky is falling," warns a National Marine Fisheries Service scientist.
There are a little more than 500 of these majestic whales left.
How did the right whale get its name? The answer is no laughing matter -- these whales were dubbed right whales because they were easy to hunt and float when dead, making them the "right" ones for whalers to target.