bowhead whale

noun
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 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, "St. Paul Science Museum welcomes back visitors with big changes for safety," 20 Aug. 2020 Gordon, who is Alaska Native, is allowed to hunt polar bears and bowhead whales under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, but can only do so for subsistence. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Native groups object to prison sentence for Kaktovik man who killed and wasted polar bear," 5 Mar. 2020 The bear had been attracted to the large quantity of bowhead whale meat Gordon left in his yard. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Kaktovik man gets prison sentence after killing polar bear and letting the meat go to waste," 29 Feb. 2020 Gordon agreed to pay a $4,500 fine and will spend a year on supervised release that will bar him from hunting any marine mammals other than bowhead whales. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Kaktovik man pleads guilty for killing polar bear, leaving carcass in front yard," 10 Dec. 2019 Miller and her team, including WHOI lipid chemist Benjamin Van Mooy, discovered that resident microbes in the small intestine may be vital for digesting the wax esters in bowhead whales. Amy Apprill, The Conversation, "My team uses crossbows and drones to collect bacteria from whales - and the results are teaching us how to keep whales healthy," 17 Dec. 2019 The old shark far surpasses the next oldest vertebrate, the bowhead whale, which only lives to 211 years. Danielle Hall, Smithsonian, "Eighteen Things We’ve Learned About the Oceans in the Last Decade," 20 Apr. 2010 The time in consideration runs from 1848 — when New England whalers first reached the Bering Strait and discovered a bonanza of bowhead whales — to 1990, with some references to the present. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New history compares the two sides of the Bering Strait and the waters between," 19 Oct. 2019 Commercial hunters from New England killed bowhead whales along the Bering Strait and east into the Beaufort Sea, just a hundred miles or so north of Old Crow. BostonGlobe.com, "Bathsheba Demuth is an environmental historian of the Arctic at Brown University, and author of “Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait.”," 21 Sep. 2019

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Bowhead whale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bowhead%20whale. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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