Some pretend to see a difference between the Greenland whale of the English and the right whale of the Americans.
Then, this same humpbacked whale and the Greenland whale, each of these has baleen; but there again the similitude ceases.
Yet we have seen that by his baleen it is impossible correctly to classify the Greenland whale.
Captains and 'surgeon-naturalists' with the British whaling industry provided the earliest natural history accounts of the Greenland whale (Scoresby, 1820; Guerin, 1845; Brown, 1868; Gray, 1888, 1926, 1927, 1932).
Clearly, by these criteria and the example of the right whale, the precautionary principle can only mean complete protection for the Greenland whale until it reaches an optimal level that allows a sustainable take.
Although the Greenland whale has long been recognized by COSEWIC as an endangered species, it has no legal protection as such and there are no clearly stated management goals for its recovery.
As noted at the outset, the Greenland whale is a species that engenders superlatives.
Status of the Greenland Whale, or bowhead, in the Northwest Atlantic.
finmarchicus (Mayo and M arx, 1994; Goodyear, 1996), Greenland whales apparently specialize in feeding on the mature stages of C.