bowhead whale

bow·​head whale | \ ˈbō-ˌhed- How to pronounce bowhead whale (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Other whales included the North Atlantic right whale and bowhead whale eating more than 1,825 tons of zooplankton a year. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2021 Tourists posed nearby for photos beneath an archway made from the lower jawbones of a bowhead whale. Henry Wismayer, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Sea ice benefited the Dutch, redirecting the republic's voyages of northern exploration into bowhead whale feeding grounds off Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 In recent decades, the village of about 200 people has seen rising numbers of polar bears, many drawn to the area by an Arctic Ocean beach where whaling crews discard bowhead whale carcasses. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2021 The spring softening gives way to bowhead whale and caribou hunts, snowmobile treks and the mirthful Nalukataq whaling festival. Nick Moyle,, 18 Jan. 2021 In the warmer, more ice-free Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas, biologists point to the bowhead whale as a symbol of resilience and adaptation. Jenna Kunze, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Dec. 2020 While many iconic Arctic species, such as walruses and polar bears, are threatened by sea ice loss and changing availability and timing of snowfall, among other trends, one species that seems to be benefiting is the bowhead whale, the report said. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Dec. 2020 The books in the Collector's Corner had to go, but that freed up space for a huge bowhead whale skull encased in glass. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bowhead whale

1869, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2021

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“Bowhead whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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