With fewer than 500 remaining, the North Atlantic right whale is on the brink of extinction. The biggest threat to these animals was – and still is – man. Right whale populations were depleted to near extinction by whaling and are still struggling to recover. Because right whales are coastal and spend most of their lives in waters also heavily used by humans, 72% of their known mortality is attributed to either being struck by a vessel or entangled in commercial fishing gear. But it doesn’t have to be this way! With small changes humans and whales can share these areas without continuing to push this species to extinction. Help by signing the petition for stronger protections. To learn more or sign the petition to increase protection for the North Atlantic right whale, visit whales.org.