baleen baleen  /bə ˈlin/


  • (n) a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets


  1. Icelanders were stunned when Greenlanders sailed into port in ships held together with wooden pegs and baleen instead of nails.
  2. It is a cheap source of fats for soap and margarine, and baleen whales yield glycerin for explosives.
  3. Unlike baleen whales, which filter small prey from the water, narwhals are toothed whales that feed on small fish.


  • More humpback whales visit Wash. waters

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Whale watchers say humpback whale sightings in Washington state's inland waters have been increasing. Cascadia Research Collective's baleen whale researcher John Calambokidis says the increased sightings are consistent with the population rebound the whales have seen off the country's West Coast. He says the number of humpback whales off the U.S. West Coast has grown about 7 ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: KGW NewsChannel 8 Portland

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  1. "More than 15 years of negotiations regarding the Revised Management Scheme [regulating commercial hunting of baleen whales] have reached an impasse, as declared by the IWC, in early 2006," Hogarth told the committee.
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: William Hogarth Source: Science News

  2. "The study shows that there is nothing to the argument that we could remove marine mammals, especially baleen whales, and feed the world with their food," Daniel Pauly, a professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an author...
    on Jul 19, 2004 By: Daniel Pauly Source: San Diego Union Tribune

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