Whale baleen found on the rocks at lynmouth devon.
Is it possible to identify the specices? sorry for the blueness of the photographs, they're scanned polaroids, I don't do digital!
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2 major groups of whales have baleen, the right whales (such as the humpback whale) and the rorquals (such as the blue whale).The Sea World web site (http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/Baleen/phycharbw.html) states that the baleen is largest in the bowhead whale, at 4 m long, and smallest in the minke whale, at 12 to 20 cm long.
The plate in the photo looks to be about 1 metre long, so this would make it too big for our commonest baleen whale, the minke. So this could be from a young right whale, perhaps a humpback, or one of the larger rorquals, perhaps a fin whale.
Just a correction - humpbacks are also rorquals, not one of the right whales. I would agree that this is most likely from one of the larger rorquals - blue, sei, or humpback, possibly juvenile. If a fin whale, you would be able to see the asymmetry in the colour of its lower baleen and jaw, which I don't see from this photo.
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