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A baleen whale (Balaena mysticetus) of Arctic seas, having a large head, an arched upper jaw, and no dorsal fin.
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(Animals) a large-mouthed arctic whale, Balaena mysticetus, that has become rare through overfishing but is now a protected species
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a whalebone whale, Balaena mysticetus, of northern seas, having an enormous head and mouth.
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Noun1.bowhead - large-mouthed Arctic whalebowhead - large-mouthed Arctic whale    
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
Balaena, genus Balaena - type genus of the Balaenidae: Greenland whales
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In his description of historical distributions of right whales and bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) in the Strait of Belle Isle in the 1600s, Laist reminds us that that period coincided with the Little Ice Age, when oceanographic conditions were no doubt very different from those of the recent past.
Blue whales, fin whales, right whales and bowhead whales are the largest animals, by weight, ever to have evolved.
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Summary: London [U.K.], July 14(ANI): In a new threat to a number of Arctic animals like polar bears, bowhead whales and other such animals, the United States (US) has permitted an Italian multinational oil and gas company to go ahead with drilling plans in federal waters off Alaska.
Bowhead whales, Balaena mysticetus, are distributed in seasonally ice covered waters of the Arctic and subarctic.
For example, the Least Shrew (Cryptotis parva) rarely lives longer 2 y (Mock 1982), whereas Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus) have been estimated to live >200 y (George and others 1999).
Arctic Ocean tours are available to view beluga and bowhead whales, walrus, bearded seals, and other artic marine mammals.
Bowhead whales live beyond 200--which means that there are whales in our Arctic this summer that predate Canada.
That is, until every September when, on Barter Island in the Arctic, up to Barter p to 80 polar bears gather to feast on the remains of bowhead whales which have been caught by hunters.
Compared to the genomes of other creatures, the researchers found that bowhead whales have unique alterations in a gene called ERCC1, which is involved in repairing damaged DNA.