Fisheries Get Roped Into Conservation


North Atlantic right whales face a dangerous thicket of fishing gear. Fishermen and scientists alike are looking for an answer that satisfies all mammals involved. (Christian Science Monitor)

Use our great activity to map threats to North Atlantic right whales.

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North Atlantic Right Whale
A team of state and federal biologists assisted in disentangling this big, beautiful right whale off Daytona Beach. The fishing line is still visible tangled in the whale’s body and trailing behind it.
Photograph by NOAA News Archive 123110

Discussion Ideas


  • North Atlantic right whales are enormous mammals—up to 15 meters (50 feet) and 79 tons. How could fishing ropes injure animals this big and powerful?




Christian Science Monitor: How a better rope could help save the endangered right whale

Nat Geo: North Atlantic Right Whales activity

NOAA Fisheries: North Atlantic Right Whale

3 thoughts on “Fisheries Get Roped Into Conservation

  1. This article will be very useful for my biology class. My students like discovering amazing word of whales. And those Discussion Ideas will be very helpful. Thanks

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