bowhead whale

noun
bow·head whale | \ˈbō-ˌhed- \
variants: or bowhead

Definition of bowhead whale 

: a very large baleen whale (Balaena mysticetus of the family Balaenidae) of cold waters of the northern hemisphere that is related to the right whales, may reach a length of 45 to 60 feet (13.5 to 18 meters), and has an extremely large head with an arched lower jaw

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Three involved finback whales, and one each involved sperm and bowhead whales. Author: Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whale crashes like ‘torpedo’ into Alaska ferry, may have suffered fatal injuries," 22 June 2018 Three involved finback whales, and one each involved sperm and bowhead whales. Washington Post, "Whale strikes Alaska ferry, may have suffered mortal injury," 22 June 2018 The scientists developed a new methodology that used hydrophones to count bowhead whales beneath the ice, rather than extrapolating the population based on a count of the visible bowheads passing by a single, ice-free locale. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018 Polar bears might be the least vulnerable, with four other important species—bearded seals, walruses, bowhead whales and ringed seals—probably falling somewhere in the middle. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Ships Threaten Arctic Marine Mammals," 3 July 2018 But out on the jumbled sea ice that stretches from town to the horizon, local residents are focused on bowhead whales. The Economist, "Whaling in Alaska," 14 June 2018 And 11 Native villages farther north are authorized by the International Whaling Commission to hunt bowhead whales. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: US won’t prosecute Alaska gray whale kill," 8 June 2018 In the 1970s, the International Whaling Commission ordered a halt to subsistence bowhead whaling because US government scientists feared there were just 1,300 of the animals left. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018 The best comparison to the song of the bowhead whale, Stafford told The Washington Post, is a jazz musician, riffing on the fly. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Scientists discover a whale species' mating songs are as complex as jazz," 4 Apr. 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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