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baleen:

see whalewhale,
aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, found in all oceans of the world. Members of this order vary greatly in size and include the largest animals that have ever lived. Cetaceans never leave the water, even to give birth.
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baleen

[be′lēn]
(vertebrate zoology)
A horny substance, growing as fringed filter plates suspended from the upper jaws of whalebone whales. Also known as whalebone.

baleen

whalebone
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The baleen plates (whalebone) that hang from the upper jaw, used by the whale to strain small crustaceans from mouthfuls of seawater, are longer in the bowhead than in any other species, and were avidly sought by Euro-American whalers (Reeves and Leatherwood 1985).
This simple and poetic picture book introduces the blue whale, telling of its enormous size and large dark eyes the size of teacups, of its 790 baleen plates and the millions of krill it eats on its journeys through the oceans.
Baleen whales have hundreds of furry comb-like structures hanging down from their upper jaws called baleen plates.
Instead of teeth, a humpback whale has approximately 330 pairs of baleen plates, or fine brush-like structures, which strain krill from the water.
The whale then expels the water through its baleen plates and gulps the morsels left behind.
They get fishing lines around their tails, flippers, or in the worst-case scenario, through their baleen plates as they filter water for long periods with their mouths open.