Victory for Endangered Atlantic Whales!

After years fighting this battle in the courts, Defenders and our allies won a vital litigation victory to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being entangled in commercial lobster and fishing gear - an event that can often severely injure or even kill a whale. Now, the National Marine Fisheries Service will be forced to address this threat once and for all. 

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Fact Sheet
Whales belong to the order cetacea, which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Whales are divided into two suborders: baleen and toothed whales.
Beluga Whale
Fact Sheet
Adult beluga whales are easily distinguished by their pure white skin, their small size and their lack of dorsal fin. The beluga has a broad and rounded head and a large forehead.
Success Stories
December, 2013 - Endangered North Atlantic right whales can breathe a sigh of relief! The slow-speed zones we worked so hard to gain to protect these whales from ship strikes are finally and officially permanent.