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Baleen Whale Image Gallery

Filter-Feeding Whales Include the Largest Animals in the World

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There are 14 species of baleen whales, from the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), the largest animal in the world, to the pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata), the smallest baleen whale at about 20 feet in length.

All baleen whales are in the Order Cetacea and suborder Mysticeti and use plates made of keratin to filter their food. Common prey items for baleen whales include small schooling fish, krill and plankton.

Baleen whales are majestic animals and can exhibit fascinating behaviors, as shown in some of the photos in this image gallery.

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Sei Whale / Blue Ocean Society for Marine ConservationSei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)Blue Whale - Balaenoptera musculus pictureBlue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)Blue whale spoutingBlue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)Blue whale spoutingBlue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) Spouting
Humpback Whale Image - Filament FlukeHumpback Whale Tail FlukeFin whale image, showing scar on right side.Fin Whale - Balaenoptera physalusHumpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) lunge-feeding, showing baleenHumpback Whale Lunge-FeedingFin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) spoutingFin Whale Spouting
Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) Poop / Jonathan GwalthneyRight Whale (Eubalaena Glacialis) PoopNorth Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) HeadNorth Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)
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