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Balaenidae (Right Whales And Bowhead Whales) is a family of mammals. They rely on lift powered swimming to move around.

  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/lift_based_swimming
  • Definition: Hydrofoils, or fins, are used to push against the water to create a normal force to provide thrust, propelling the animal through water. The reduction of fin cross-sectional area helps to minimize drag, and therefore increase efficiency. Regardless of size of the animal, at any particular speed, maximum possible lift is proportional to (wing area) x (speed)<sup>2</sup>. Dolphins and whales have large, horizontal caudal hydrofoils, while many fish and sharks have vertical caudal hydrofoils.
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of right whales and bowhead whales. View this species on GBIF
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Right Whales And Bowhead Whale Habitats

The environments in which many right whales and bowhead whales species are known to live. Select an environment to see its right whales and bowhead whales species checklist.

right whales and bowhead whales Habitats

The environments in which many right whales and bowhead whales species are known to live. Select an environment to see its right whales and bowhead whales species checklist.