North Pacific right whale

variants: or less commonly northern Pacific right whale

Definition of North Pacific right whale

: a chiefly black right whale (Eubalaena japonica) of temperate and subpolar waters of the Pacific Ocean that was formerly classified with the North Atlantic right whale as a single species

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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“North Pacific right whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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