A Whale of a Dad
Misstip was first seen in 1981 and was given his name because he is missing both his fluke tips. He has sired five identified calves with four different females: Shenandoah (#1266), Stripe (#1135), Bugs (#1241), and Fermata (#1001), and is also grandfather to three identified grand-calves!
And while father to five and grandfather to three doesn’t sound all that impressive, keep in mind how small the total right whale population is—around 500 animals. In “human terms,” as a percent of the total population, Misstip would be the father of around 70 million (1% of 7 billion)!