Definition of baleen whale in English:

baleen whale


  • A whale that has plates of whalebone in the mouth for straining plankton from the water. Baleen whales include the rorqual, humpback, right whale, and grey whale.

    Suborder Mysticeti, order Cetacea: three families and ten species

    Also called whalebone whale
    • ‘No sauropod ever equalled in size the greatest of the baleen whales.’
    • ‘Their cavernous mouths are used to gather up small fish and plankton in the same manner as baleen whales, hence the name.’
    • ‘Right whales are large baleen whales, meaning that instead of teeth they have bonelike plates, which they use to strain food from large gulps of water.’
    • ‘Norway argues that minke whales, the largest of the baleen whales at up to nine metres, are plentiful off its coast and can sustain a controlled hunt.’
    • ‘Its snouty head, patchy grey body and small pedal fins make the dwarf look more like a large dolphin than a baleen whale.’
    • ‘They are the most selective feeders of the baleen whales, consuming only certain species of krill and not others.’
    • ‘The previously unknown species lived about 25 million years ago and was an early ancestor of modern baleen whales, which feed by filtering plankton from seawater.’
    • ‘Killer whales in other parts of the world also use shallow water to trap and even beach baleen whales, just as the killer whales seem to have used Twofold Bay.’
    • ‘Minkes are baleen whales that grow up to seven metres and are known to spend time around South African shores.’
    • ‘Only one meat sample from a baleen whale exceeded the allowable mercury concentration, the researchers report in the June 15 Environmental Science and Technology.’
    • ‘For nearly 100 years a pod of around 30 killer whales systematically partnered their human counterparts in hunting the baleen whales that migrated along the East Coast of Australia.’
    • ‘But in Antarctic waters, E supurba so abounds that the baleen whales feed on it almost exclusively.’
    • ‘Toothed whales do not have a sense of smell, but baleen whales do have some olfactory nerves.’
    • ‘Bowheads, also known as Greenland right whales, are baleen whales, meaning that instead of teeth they have bonelike plates that they use to strain food from gulps of water.’
    • ‘Unlike the baseball-sized throat of baleen whales, this toothed whale's throat is large enough to swallow small seals whole.’
    • ‘Similar findings have been reported for several baleen whale species (family Balaenopteridae).’
    • ‘To say that baleen whales feed by passively filtering krill is almost to insult the mammals’ truly sophisticated behavior.’
    • ‘Its calls do not match those of any known species, although they are clearly those of a baleen whale, a group that includes blue, fin and humpback whales.’
    • ‘Humpbacks, like other baleen whales, eat large amounts of small prey.’
    • ‘The lower jaw of this form may have been edentulous and supported a gular sac, like that of a giant pelican or baleen whale.’