Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A 45-foot-long, 70-ton Southern Right Whale hovers gracefully over the sandy sea floor in New Zealand’s Auckland Islands, in the Sub-Antarctic Region. Their cousins, the North Atlantic Right Whales, are the most endangered whale on Earth and, though the Southern Rights are also endangered, their populations have rebounded since the whaling days. This increase in population is due to the fact that Southern Right Whales live further from areas of human industrialization than Northern Right Whales, and thus are less likely to be hit by ships or entangled in fishing gear. #DiscoverOcean