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 for Right whale
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Right whale \Right" whale`\ (Zool.)
     (a) The bowhead, Arctic, or Greenland whale ({Balaena
         mysticetus), from whose mouth the best whalebone is
         obtained.
     (b) Any other whale that produces valuable whalebone, as the
         Atlantic, or Biscay, right whale ({Balaena cisarctica),
         and the Pacific right whale ({Balaena Sieboldii); a bone
         whale.
         [1913 Webster]
  
     Pygmy right whale (Zool.), a small New Zealand whale
        (Neobalaena marginata) which is only about sixteen feet
        long. It produces short, but very elastic and tough,
        whalebone.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  right whale
      n 1: large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale
           to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil

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