baleen whale


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baleen whale

n.
Any of several usually large cetaceans of the suborder Mysticeti, having two blowholes and whalebone plates instead of teeth, and including the humpback whale and the right whales. Also called mysticete, whalebone whale.

baleen whale

n
(Animals) another name for whalebone whale

whale′bone whale`


n.
any toothless whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone in the mouth. Also called baleen whale.
[1715–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.baleen whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the waterbaleen whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
whale - any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
Mysticeti, suborder Mysticeti - baleen whales: right whales; rorquals; blue whales; humpbacks
right whale - large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil
rorqual, razorback - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
Balaenoptera musculus, blue whale, sulfur bottom - largest mammal ever known; bluish-grey migratory whalebone whale mostly of southern hemisphere
humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, humpback - large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives
devilfish, Eschrichtius gibbosus, Eschrichtius robustus, gray whale, grey whale - medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
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The carcass was that of a baleen whale and measured nearly 16 metres in length.
Humpback whales are a species of baleen whale. Adults range in length from 12-16 metres and weigh around 25-30 metric tons
The Sri Lankan population may feed and produce offspring in the same area unlike all other baleen whale populations of the world.
"Leopard Skin" from Jean Paul Gaultier's 1997 gown crafted with beadwork that took 1,000 hours to create Whalebone the colloquial name for baleen, which is cut from the upper jaw of the baleen whale was used to stiffen and shape garments and to make accessories.
Part of the baleen whale suborder, minkes will typically grow to an average length of 22-24 ft and weigh as much as 11 tons.
Of the 48 sightings of unidentified cetaceans used in the estimation of abundance, 9 sightings correspond with acoustic detections of dolphin whistles, odontocete clicks, or baleen whale calls.
Most strikes (n = 09, 64%) involved blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus), although three other species were also documented, one Cuvier's beaked whale (n = 01, 7%), two great sperm whales (n = 2,14%), and one Bryde's whale (n = 01,7%), as well as one unidentified baleen whale (n = 01, 7%) (Table 1).
Paradoxically, this gigantic baleen whale is an extreme specialist, feeding almost exclusively on two species of tiny krill (small, shrimp-like marine animals about 5 centimetres long and weighing about 2 grams!).
Reaching up to 65 feet in length and up to 100 tons in weight, the bowhead whale is a baleen whale that lives in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters.
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