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.
BLM 2014 Highlights: We hosted over 60 million visits to BLM-managed public lands for recreational activities as diverse as the lands themselves.
On approximately 250 million acres of public lands, the BLM provided a wide variety of recreational opportunities for national and international visitors, from hunting and fishing to horseback riding and boating to birding and wildlife viewing. In an increasingly urbanized West, these recreational opportunities and the settings where these activities take place are vital to the quality of life enjoyed by residents of western states.
In support of local communities and partnerships, the BLM released a new recreation strategy last year – 2014 BLM Recreation Strategy Connecting With Communities. CLICK HERE to read the strategy.
“Maybe you’re in the middle of a storm, a big fuckin’ storm. The sky’s fallin’ on your head, the waves are crashin’ over your little boat, the oars are about to snap. You just piss in your pants, you’re cryin’ for the harbors, and maybe you do what you gotta do to get out.”