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Rorqual Whales

Rorqual whales (Family Balaenopteridae) are baleen whales that have 25-100 parallel, pleated throat grooves (ventral grooves) that extend from the throat to the flippers. When these whales eat, these grooves expand, allowing them to take huge gulps of water, forcing it through their short baleen to filter out tiny organisms during filter feeding. They have long, sleek bodies, a median notch, and a small dorsal fin. Rorqual is Norwegian for furrow.



The Blue whale, Bryde's whales, the fin whale, Minke whale, sei whale, and Humpback whale are rorqual whales.





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