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The following diagram is a graphic that clearly presents the physical make up of the

Northern Right Whale.

Picture 1: Description of a Northern Right Whale

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Whales are grouped into two categories, whales that have teeth and baleen whales.

Baleen is a filtering system that whales use to eat. Baleen is mustache-like and is in the same

place in their mouths as teeth are in humans; the fringed part is what traps the food in their

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The baleen material is the same as human fingernails. Whales swim through places where

the plankton is dense and opens the front of its mouth where there is no baleen, then as the food

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