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What is a “rorqual” whale?

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Rorqual whales are baleen whales that are relatively streamlined in appearance and have pointed heads and small pointed fins.  They can be distinguished from other whales by many (25-90) deep groves along their throats that expand when they feed.  There are 8 species of rorqual whales and they are the largest animals in the world:

Rorquals take their name from French rorqual, which derives from the Norwegian word røyrkval, meaning “furrow whale.”

A blue whale displaying his inflated mouth during feeding.

-TSF-

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