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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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"Room eight-seven, Clay street, the Bowhead Lodging House, you know the place, entrance just around the corner from the Bowhead Saloon.
The paddleboarder, below, came within feet of a massive bowhead whale just under the surface of the ocean.
We analyzed data from line-transect aerial surveys for marine mammals conducted in the western Beaufort Sea (shore to 72[degrees] N, 140[degrees]-157[degrees] W) from July to October of 2009-16 to investigate the distribution, behaviors, sighting rates, and habitat use preferences of bowhead and beluga whales.
Edited by Joanasie Karpik and illustrated by Sho Uchara, "Bowhead Whale" teaches children ages 5 to 7 how bowheads raise their babies, where they live, what they eat when they don't have any teeth, how they communicate, traditional uses, and other interesting information!
Bowhead whales, predominantly Arctic species, can compose a vast repertoire of song during their breeding season in order to woo partners, a study conducted by the University of Washington revealed.
* Bowhead Technology showed off a water bottle with a built-in Tamagotchi-esque display, meant to encourage kids to drink their water.
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.
Luther Bartholomew, general manager for Bowhead Transport, a Ukpeagvik subsidiary, says he has noticed an increase in traffic through the Northeast Passage over Russia as well as along the Northwest Passage.
Lead author Julius Nielsen, a marine biologist from the University of Copenhagen, said: "We had our expectations that we were dealing with an unusual animal, but I think everyone doing this research was very surprised to learn the sharks were as old as they were." The former vertebrate record-holder was a bowhead whale estimated to be 211 years old.
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