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This species of whale is rich in blubber, which is why whalers considered them the “right” whale to hunt – thus their name. They were easy to catch, being relatively slow swimmers, and they floated after being killed. Like all baleen whales, they are seasonal feeders that filter feed plankton and tiny crustaceans. They swim slowly with their mouths open, constantly eating. Right Whales live in temperate and cool seas in both hemispheres, at the surface of the ocean.