Plates or blades of "whalebone," from two to twelve feet long, and sometimes a foot wide, which in certain whales (Balænoidea) are attached side by side along the upper jaw, and form a fringelike sieve by which the food is retained in the mouth.
a tough, horny material growing in comb like fringes from the upper jaws of some species of whales.
Fringed plates that hang from the upper jaws of baleen whales, such as the bowhead. They are designed to filter plankton from the water so the whale can eat.
fringed filter in the mouth of some whales that is used to strain food from seawater.
whalebone - horny plates attached to the upperjaws of true whales.
The comb-like plates that hang from the upper jaws of large (baleen) whales such as the blue and humpback. Also known as 'whale bone' it is used to strain the tiny fish and other creatures that these whales feed on, such as krill.
horny material that hangs in fringed sheets from the upper jaw of some whales, which is used to strain out the minute sea animals on which they feed (also called "whalebone").
The part of a whale's mouth that acts as teeth. It filters out the water leaving behind the food.
(bay-LEEN) - the fringed plates that grow from the upper jaw of baleen whales and filter food from the water.
Triangular plates made of keratin; having a fibrous, hairy fringe on the inner edge. Several hundred of these plates hang from the roof of a baleen whale's mouth, helping to strain food from the water.
in some whales, the comb-like fibrous plates hanging from the upper jaw that are used to sieve food from sea water. It is often referred to as whalebone.
Carotene structures used for filtering large amounts of water for feeding; found in mysticetes.
whalebone, horny substance that grows from the top of a whale's mouth for food-getting
In certain whales, the fibrous plates in parallel rows on either side of the upper jaw.
the boney plate in the mouths of certain kinds of whales that was used to make corset stays, hoops for women's skirts, frames for hats, fans, umbrella ribs, and fishing rods
A strong plate of keratin, frayed on one edge, in the mouth of a baleen whale to strain water through.
a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets
a type of a whale, Which sharp sailors' harpoons would impale
plates of hard fringed material that line the mouths of certain whales. It is used to filter food such as plankton and small fish out of the water.
substance made of a protein called keratin that forms "plates" in the mouths of some whales; used to strain their food. Also known as whalebone.
bay-leen]- baleen, historically sometimes referred to as whalebone, is a hard, horny, springy substance that grows in long plates in the mouths of toothless whales. Whales use it to filter out small food organisms and plankton from the ocean waters. Baleen was a valuable product for making articles such as corsets and umbrellas.
plates of keratin (the same material that makes up fingernails) found on the upper jaws of gray whales; used for filter-feeding and trapping amphipods and other tiny foods
Long plates of horny material that hangs in rows from the roof. It's used to strain food from the water.
Plates of keratin hanging from the inside of the upper jaw of mysticetes, used instead of teeth to capture prey.
The filtering plates that hang from the upper jaw of baleen whales.
Sheets of horny substance hanging from the upper jaws of one group of whales, and used to to strain out of the water the tiny organisms on which the animals feed.
Fibrous hair-like plates, made from keratin (like human finger nails), that hang from the roof of the mouths of baleen whales ( Mystecetes). These baleen plates help filter food. Also called "whalebone". See bowhead feeding or sei & Bryde's feeding, and also bowhead status.
hair-like filtration arrangements that are used as teeth to strain out food in the humpback whale
Baleen is a sieve-like device that Mysticeti (baleen whales) use to obtain nourishment (krill). Baleen is a series of stiff, flexible material that hang from the upper jaw. The inside of the baleen is edged with hairy plates that filter krill. Baleen is made of keratin (the same substance our fingernails are made of) and is also called whalebone.
A horn-like material used in some plate defenses, taken from the upper jaw of certain whales; often mistakenly called whalebone.
Baleen whales (such as Humpbacks, Fin, Right, etc.) have baleen plates instead of teeth. Baleen is made of the same material as hair and fingernails. Whales can't swallow the salt water any more than people can, so they use the baleen plates as a strainer to flush out the salt water while trapping the food inside..
tough, horn-like material that grows from the upper jaw of certain whales, hanging down in parallel rows and used to filter food from ingested water. Baleen consists of a tough protein material similar to human fingernails, and has hair-like bristles on the outer edge to trap food.
A horny substance, commonly known as whalebone, that grows as plates from the upper jaws of certain whales, and forms a fringelike filter for extracting plankton such as krill and small fish from seawater.
Comb-like plates hanging from the upper jaw of many large whales, used to strain small prey from seawater (also known as "whalebone").
Baleen (also called whalebone) is a substance made of keratin and is therefore stiff but somewhat elastic. Whalebone is a modification of the epidermis. A bony mineral, hydroxyapatite, is also present in baleen in small amounts, along with traces of manganese, copper, boron, iron, and calcium.