One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A baleen whale with a large head and a deeply curved jaw, of Arctic and temperate waters.
Family Balaenidae: two genera and three species, in particular Balaena glacialis, which has distinctive patches of callosities on the snout. See also bowhead
- ‘Dusky dolphins, for example, are famous for spending large amounts of time with right whales and pilot whales, while bottlenose dolphins seem to enjoy the company of humpback whales.’
- ‘They also show evidence that humans used harpoons, floats and lines to catch their prey, which included sperm whales, right whales and humpbacks.’
- ‘Except for North Atlantic right whales and southern blue whales, most stocks seem to be increasing.’
- ‘Sperm, humpback and southern right whales swim through the waters of the Cook Islands from about July through to November each year.’
- ‘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.’
right whale/ˈˌrīt ˈˌ(h)wāl/
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