What are Whale Baleen Plates? | WHALEZONE.TV S02 E04


Hi everyone, welcome to a new episode of WHALEZONE.TV, which is now available on our blog!

In this episode, our Marine Biologist Vanessa explains what are Baleen plates? Watch, learn and enjoy!

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Sumich, J. (2014). E. robustus; the Biology and Human History of Gray Whales. Whale Cove Marine Education, Corvallis, Oregon infographic of a Humpback whale from www.humpbackwhalesfilm.com



1)Skim Feeding Right Whales by New England Aquarium Right Whale Research Program

2)Drone video of a Arctic Bowhead Whale by VDOS Global 2016

3)blue whale feeding sardine from documentary “The Hunt” BBC Earth, 2015

4)blue whale drone Video from National Geographic

5)Grey Whale à Benthic feeding from “Dolphins Safari”

Vanessa Costa

About Vanessa Costa

Vanessa is Marine Biologist and Marine Wildlife Guide and is responsible for Environmental Conservation at TERRA AZUL. She enjoys being out in the ocean with Wildlife accompanying visitors and collecting field imagery and data for local Cetaceans and Sea Turtles Research & Conservation projects.

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