baleen whale


Definition of baleen whale

: any of a suborder (Mysticeti) of usually large whales typically of colder waters that lack teeth but have baleen plates in the upper jaw which are used to filter chiefly small crustaceans (such as krill) out of large quantities of seawater — see fin whale, gray whale, humpback whale, right whale, rorqual — compare toothed whale

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Recent Examples on the Web This image shows the similarity between the way the pouch beneath the pelican’s bill functions and the throat of a feeding baleen whale. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The whale species, which is the only truly Arctic baleen whale and a staple of indigenous peoples’ diets, is finding food to be more abundant thanks to increases in the amount of open water. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Dec. 2020 There’s a Miocene era baleen whale skull on display that was found in the Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, for example. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2020 Stronger upwelling created the right conditions for baleen whale prey, such as krill and forage fish, to become concentrated in dense patches along coastlines. Jeremy Goldbogen, The Conversation, 12 Dec. 2019 High concentrations of diatoms can accumulate potentially harmful bacteria, adversely affecting both killer and baleen whales. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, 21 Feb. 2020 Sea lions, Guadalupe fur seals and baleen whales died at higher rates than usual. oregonlive, 21 Jan. 2020 The biggest whales of all (blue, humpback and so on) are baleen whales. The Economist, 14 Dec. 2019 Other animals that experienced mass die-offs include sea lions, tufted puffins, and baleen whales. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 16 Jan. 2020 See More

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Baleen whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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