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The Greenland Whale (Bowhead) - Balaena mysticetus

It turns out bowheads aren’t especially fond of being hunted. Who’d have guessed? 

Bowhead whales are members of the Balaenidae family, and until the early 2000s, were believed to be a right whale (specifically, the Greenland right whale). Morphological and genetic analysis proved that they belong to their own genus. However, they’re still very similar to the right whales. They’re robust, don’t have “chin grooves”, and tend towards colder waters.

The head of the Bowhead is 40% of its body length. Yikes.

The Naturalist’s Library, Vol VII: Mammalia. Sir William Jardine, 1843.