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 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, "Why are whales big, but not bigger?," 12 Dec. 2019 High concentrations of diatoms can accumulate potentially harmful bacteria, adversely affecting both killer and baleen whales. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Scientists say they’ve cracked the mystery of why whales migrate—and it’s all about healthy skin," 21 Feb. 2020 Sea lions, Guadalupe fur seals and baleen whales died at higher rates than usual. oregonlive, "‘Unprecedented’ marine heatwave likely killed 1 million West Coast seabirds," 21 Jan. 2020 The biggest whales of all (blue, humpback and so on) are baleen whales. The Economist, "How cetaceans got so large," 14 Dec. 2019 Other animals that experienced mass die-offs include sea lions, tufted puffins, and baleen whales. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "A blob of hot water in the Pacific Ocean killed a million seabirds, scientists say," 16 Jan. 2020 This means that the larger baleen whales get, the greater their energetic efficiency becomes. Jeremy Goldbogen, The Conversation, "Why are whales big, but not bigger?," 12 Dec. 2019 An average great whale, a hypothetical animal that blends the characteristics of large baleen whales and sperm whales, traps 33 tons of carbon dioxide in its body, Chami said. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "Living whales are worth an enormous amount of money," 4 Nov. 2019 The model can also calculate measurements for other types of whales, such as blue or baleen whales, which have been especially difficult to track and play an important role in the ocean ecosystem. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Weighing a Whale Is Hard. Drones Make the Job Easier.," 2 Oct. 2019

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Baleen whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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