Baleen Whales

Baleen Whales

(Mysticeti) – approx. 14 species

2 Blowhole Sei Whale © CRRU

2 Blowhole Sei Whale © CRRU

Filter-feeders (baleen plate)

Filter-feeders (baleen plate)

Distinguishing features of Baleen Whales

Baleen whales are large filter-feeders with baleen (comb-like structure that filters the whales food from the water) instead of teeth. The exact means by which baleen is used differs among species (gulp-feeding, skim-feeding, and bottom-feeding). All have a double blowholes.

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Gray Whale

Gray Whale

Blue Whale

Blue Whale

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Fin Whale

Fin Whale

Sei Whale

Sei Whale

Minke Whale

Minke Whale

 

 

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