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baleen

or

whalebone

horny plates which hang from the roof of the mouth in some whales (Mysticeti), e.g. right whales and rorquals. The plates filter out krill (small shrimplike crustaceans) from the sea water as it is forced out of the mouth.
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Edwin Foekema, co-author of one of the first studies showingthe presence of microplastic in the intestines of a baleen whale, believes most microplastics ingested by marine animals will naturally leave the organism, just as food does.
This chapter also details the development of baleen for feeding in mysticetes, the evolution of echolocation in odontocetes, and the radiations of freshwater cetaceans.
The Bryde's whale is the only species of baleen whales that spends the whole year in tropical and subtropical zones.
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.