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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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Therefore, indices such as total body length, length of the longest baleen plate, and oil or baleen yield, or notations concerning associations between individuals, often had to be used to infer these parameters (cf.
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. These act as a huge sieve which filters food from the sea.
Baleen whales are a large family of whales and include many subgroups, all of which feed by using baleen plates in their mouths to filter krill and small fish from the water, instead of teeth.
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.
In its mouth, this whale has unusually few of the baleen plates that such whales use to filter food from the water.