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baleen whale

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1870-75 Unabridged
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  • Scientists identified the new species as a baleen whale from distinctive skull features.
  • The right whale is a baleen whale, meaning it has not teeth, but uses baleen plates to strain its prey.
  • Most baleen whale species remain severely depleted because of this commercial whaling.
  • The humpback whale is an endangered migratory baleen whale that occurs in all ocean basins of the world.
  • Blue whales are the largest baleen whale species--in fact they are the largest animal in the world.
  • All baleen whale species showed seasonal and geographic variation in call reception.
  • The humpback whale: seasonal feeding and breeding in a baleen whale.
  • The right whale is a robust, medium-size baleen whale.
British Dictionary definitions for baleen whale

baleen whale

another name for whalebone whale
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baleen whale  
Any of several usually large whales of the suborder Mysticeti, having a symmetrical skull with two blowholes and plates of baleen instead of teeth. Baleen whales include the humpback, blue, fin, minke, and right whales, and the rorquals. Compare toothed whale.
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