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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.
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baleen

whalebone
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Among baleen whales, the mouth has distinctive grooves that contain blood vessels to supply the baleen, which itself is a strong but flexible material, acting like a sieve or a comb.
Relationship between the distribution of euphausiids and baleen whales in the Antarctic (35[degrees]E-145[degrees]W).
The authors systematically work through the various groups of extinct and modern cetaceans, beginning with the oldest forms (archaeocetes) and continuing through different groups of baleen and toothed whales up to the present.
When crafting with baleen and willow root, an artist often has to put his or her masterpiece aside for days at a time to allow their cut fingers to heal.
Baleen whales, also known as mysticetes, are the largest animals on earth, and include blue whales, minke whales, right whales, gray whales and fin whales, Khaleej Times reported.
We then loaded the bones on a reefer (refrigerated truck), except for the 6 x 3-metre cranium complete with baleen plates, which wouldn't fit in the reefer with the other bones.
This study showed that these genes may be pseudogenes with early stop codons in the baleen whales.
Whale blubber could be boiled down into oil, while baleen - the comb-like filters inside the creature's mouth - was used for everything from chair backs to skirt hoops and corsets.
And the object of the quest is no ferocious leviathan: It is probably one of the generally meek baleen whales that prey on creatures close to the base of the food chain.
Moazzam Khan, a former Director General, Marine Fisheries Department, told the media that ambergris is not found in baleen whales and fishermen have unnecessary mutilated the carcass of the mammal.
As a biologist, I especially enjoyed Dr Erich Fitzgerald's keynote about his work with palaeontology and baleen whales - it was very interesting and engaging, and is something I know my students would be interested in as well.
This year's winners include: Rexford's Gifts by Annie Rexford, an arts and crafts business that takes raw material such as baleen and ivory and produces tourism quality pieces in Barrow, Alaska; Stormi's Satellite Sales and Service by Godfrey Paul Tuckfield, a satellite installation, repair and retail operation in Point Hope; and SylviaN-Micah's Movies by Emma and Herb Kinneeveauk, a small movie rental store with small food offerings and DVD conversion services.