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buh leen

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

  • Analyzing the waters off Western Africa and the Caribbean, where baleen whales breed, Gerber and her colleagues mined marine data to create ecosystem models that plotted the .
  • Icelanders were stunned when Greenlanders sailed into port in ships held together with wooden pegs and baleen instead of nails.
  • It is a cheap source of fats for soap and margarine, and baleen whales yield glycerin for explosives.
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  • 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 ...
    June 15, 2013 - KGW NewsChannel 8 Portland

  • William Hogarth in Science News
    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.
  • Daniel Pauly in San Diego Union Tribune
    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...

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