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.
See photos of the whale below: The International Fund for Animal Welfare is aiming to reduce the number of such collisions