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ba·leen

 (bə-lēn′)
n.

[Middle English balene, from Old French baleine, from Latin balaena, whale, from Greek phallaina, phalaina; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

baleen

(bəˈliːn)
n
(Zoology) whalebone
[C14: from Latin bālaena whale; related to Greek phalaina whale]

whale•bone

(ˈʰweɪlˌboʊn, ˈweɪl-)

n.
1. Also called baleen. an elastic, horny substance hanging in fringed platelike sheets from the upper jaws of whalebone whales and serving to strain plankton.
2. something made of this substance, as corset stays.
[1175–1225]

ba·leen

(bə-lēn′)
A flexible horny substance hanging in plates from the upper jaw of certain whales. It is used by the whales to strain plankton from seawater when feeding. Also called whalebone.
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Noun1.baleen - a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whalesbaleen - a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets
horn - the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails
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Therefore, indices such as total body length, length of the longest baleen plate, and oil or baleen yield, or notations concerning associations between individuals, often had to be used to infer these parameters (cf.
Although the species of whale remains unknown (DNA analysis should solve that problem in time), the big giveaways were the presence of whale jaw-bone, the baleen plates, the vertebrae, the fins, the throat pleats, the whale shape and the fact that whales live close by and have skeletons that look exactly the same as this one did.
Baleen whales are a large family of whales and include many subgroups, all of which feed by using baleen plates in their mouths to filter krill and small fish from the water, instead of teeth.
You can see the natural habitats of oversized elephant seals, boisterous fur seals, leopard seals, primary predators of the southern seas with their impeccable dives toward the seas below as they lay across glaciers with an abundance of whales such as beautiful orcas with their significant white spots traveling in packs, great humpback whales which can be very vocal and can be heard clearly from a distance, and Southern Right or also known as baleen whales easily recognizable for their baleen plates instead of teeth.
Unlike similar whales with baleen plates in their mouths, grays gulp whale-sized mouthfuls of soft sea-bottom gunk to savor its hidden crustaceans.