are many different types of whales
world's 70 types 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 type 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. The 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
The other type is Toothed Whales.
They 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.
The whales in this
are commonly known as dolphins,
even though some of them, such as
Killer Whales, still bear the common
name "whale". The different families of toothed whales include Sperm