world's 70 species of whales are mainly divided into two
groups deriving from their food
and eating habits,
and consequently, their anatomy.
Whale Species - Mysticeti
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The first group is Baleen
- named after the massive baleen that they have in their mouths. It
helps them filter their food from the water. Baleen whales are
typically very large animals, much larger than the
next group below. Blue Whale - the largest animal that has ever lived
on the Earth belongs to the Rorqual family.The other two families are Right Whales and Gray Whales.
are active hunters and meat eaters. They get their food by
chasing and catching fish and larger animals like seals and sea lions.
hunters, they need to move fast and their bodies are therefore much
smaller than the filter feeders above.