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Bowhead Whale

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The Bowhead Whale is a sea-dwelling mammal that can reach lengths of up to 20 meters.


Latin Name: Balaena mysticetus  
Distribution: Arctic Ocean  
There are no other whales in the world that spend their entire lives in the Arctic waters and do not migrate further south for the winter. Before the winter hits they do migrate slightly south but only far enough to avoid the ice caps. This obviously has made the Bowhead Whale adapt to the frigid waters of the north. Bowhead Whale numbers have significantly declied to to over-hunting as they are slow moving whales which make them prime targets of whale hunters.

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