from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A whalebone whale (Balaena mysticetus) of Arctic seas, having a very large head and an arched upper jaw.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large whale, Balaena mysticetus, having a large, rounded head, that inhabits Arctic waters.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The great Arctic or Greenland whale. (Balæna mysticetus). See baleen, and whale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A species of right whale; the polar right whale or Greenland whale, Balœna mysticetus. See also cut under whale.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large-mouthed Arctic whale
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The bowhead is a single species - closely related to the right whale - and is remarkable for being the only baleen whale to spend all its time in Arctic waters.
I serpose w'en he kaint get nary fish he do de same ez de 'bowhead' -- go er siftin eout dem little tings we calls whale-feed wiv dat ar 'rangement he carry in his mouf. "
These two ships were from New Bedford, and they had put into the little harbour to wood and water, and give their sea-worn crews a fortnight's rest ere they sailed northward away from the bright isles of the Pacific to the cold, wintry seas of the Siberian coast and the Kurile Islands, where they would cruise for "bowhead" whales, before returning home to
I examined microscopically and compared with the hair of fair and blue-eyed persons, the hair of negroes, and as a matter of curiosity with the reindeer hair and the hair-like appendage found on the fringy extremity of the baleen plates in the mouth of a "bowhead" whale.
Other examples from Alaska include a 2006 resolution passed in Kaktovik which called Shell Oil "a hostile and dangerous force" for its lack of respect to the community and its failure to work with villagers on the protection of bowhead whales; and a $400m public nuisance lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and ConocoPhillips and Peabody Energy filed by Kivalina, a community threatened by rising sea levels.
Its ice-covered waters support bowhead whales, Pacific walruses, polar bears and other marine mammals found nowhere else in the nation.
People go on about the Inuit Whaling bowhead whales, this is another one of those traditional hunting activities that should be allowed to be carried on.
Simply put, an offshore oil spill would spell disaster for pristine Arctic waters and for polar bears, bowhead whales, walruses, seals and other irreplaceable Arctic species.
For thousands of years, they have survived off the bounty of "their garden," which is home to polar bears, bowhead whales, ice seals, walrus and so much more.
In 2010 the National Marine Fisheries Service completed a biological opinion recognizing the importance of Camden Bay and its surrounding areas in the Beaufort Sea as a feeding and resting area for endangered bowhead whales.