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  • n. Plural form of bowhead.


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  • The near approach of the open season in those regions probably hastened his decision, but I learned from Goliath that he had always been known as a most fortunate man among the "bowheads," as the great MYSTICETAE of that part of the Arctic seas are called by the Americans.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • Thousands of bowheads will be potentially affected by the drilling, ice management, borehole seismic surveying, and vessel traffic, and the danger of a biologically significant impact will be especially high if cows and calves are exposed to the multiple disturbances.

    Subhankar Banerjee: BPing the Arctic, Again -- Fast-Tracking Shell's Dangerous Drilling

  • Although bowheads are listed as endangered, the federal government grants Alaskan Natives an exemption, to hunt a limited number for subsistence purposes.

    ‘A Whole New World’

  • Ha'f the bowheads you git have got chunks bitten out of their tongues.

    A Man to His Mate

  • "Ha'f the time the bowheads won't even try an 'git away," said Lund.

    A Man to His Mate

  • But we saw no more bowheads, for which none of us forward were at all sorry.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • But environmental groups said the exploration plan does not go far enough to avoid significant impacts to bowheads and other ocean mammals and that it allows Shell to drill until the end of October, dangerously close to when waters freeze over.

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  • In the 1840s, commercial whalers from New England and elsewhere came here and started a brutal industry from the bowheads.

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  • Before Arctic Alaska began being pulled into the developed world in the 19th century, before Pepe's North of the Border, a Mexican restaurant, opened in Barrow in 1978, before Oscar Mayer Lunchables reached the impulse aisles at the big-box store next to the museum, bowheads provided the central food, energy and spiritual sustenance for Eskimo villages.

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  • WDCS also found evidence that harpooned whales, notably the large bowheads, were taking hours to die. News of the Underwater World


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