Baleen Whale

Baleen Whales

  • A whale's tail extends vertically from the water as it begins to dive

    Scientific Classification

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  • A whale's head barely below the surface, seen in profile from underwater

    Habitat and Distribution

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  • A baeen specimen in a museum

    Physical Characteristics

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  • The mouths of several whales extend upwards above the surface

    Senses

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  • A whale and calf at the surface, viewed from the air

    Adaptations

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  • Close up of the blowhole of a surfaced whale.

    Communication

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  • A whale jumps fully out of the water with its body in a horizontal orientation parallel to the surface

    Behavior

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  • A whale's mouth rises out of the water

    Diet & Eating Habits

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  • A whale, viewed from the front, approaches the camera underwater with its back breaking the surface.

    Reproduction

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  • A whale swims just above the bottom

    Birth & Care of Young

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  • Close up of a whale's flipper

    Longevity & Causes of Death

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  • A whale's head is raised out of the water. Birds circle around it.

    Conservation & Research

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  • A whale breaches, mostly in the air and falling sideways toward the water.

    Further Reading

    Meet the largest animals on Earth! From their mouths full of baleen to their enormous sizes, learn the facts about these impressive Mystecetes.

  • A whale swims just below the surface with a trail of fine bubbles visible behind it

    Bibliography

    Meet the largest animals on Earth! From their mouths full of baleen to their enormous sizes, learn the facts about these impressive Mystecetes.