How to Draw a North Pacific Right Whale

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a North Pacific Right Whale in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the North Pacific Right Whale.

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How to Draw a North Pacific Right Whale - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The first step to drawing the North Pacific right whale is to draw its head.

Step 2: The next step is to draw its face. The whale has a large mouth that curves down to its eye. The eye is round. Add the whale’s coloring below the mouth.

Step 3: Next, draw the body, but leave room for the tail and the fin.

Step 4: Then, draw the body pattern. Just like adding the coloring to the whale’s mouth add the coloring areas to the body.

Step 5: Next, draw the fin. It should show a skin line where it connects to the body.

Step 6: The last step is to draw the tail. The tail is flat and pointed.

Interesting Facts about the North Pacific Right Whale

A large baleen whale, the North Pacific Right Whale is considered to be the most endangered whale on Earth by the Center for Biological Diversity. North Pacific Right Whales are made up of two distinct populations one in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska and another in the Sea of Okhotsk.

Did you know?

  • Its estimated there are 50 animals in the Bering Sea population and a few hundred in the Sea of Okhotsk population.
  • Before commercial whaling began in 1835 North Pacific Right Whale populations are estimated to have been over 20,000.
  • We know little about the biology of the Pacific Norther Right Whales.
  • Whaling has made North Pacific Right Whales, wary of humans making them difficult to study up close.
  • Northern Pacific Right Whales have been seen interacting with humpback whales.

Lesson plan note: The Northern Pacific Right Whale is only one of three species of Right Whale, each species is named after the area it lives in. Place students in three groups and assign them one species of Right Whale, have them research their species. Then have them present what they find to show how each species differs.