north pacific right whale


(apparently) Four North Pacific right whales (very rare and critically endangered cetaceans! ) have been sighted off Japan this month.

Alisa Schulman-Janiger reports from a colleague that “two were seen off Amami Oshima island and in the port of Ushibuka, Kumamoto; another two were seen during whale-watching tours in Bonin Islands on March 12 and March 25. Later one was very curious; it kept interacting with humpbacks and watching vessels.