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Baleen whale

The baleen whales, also called whalebone whales or great whales, form a suborder of the order cetacea.

The distinguishing feature between this suborder and the toothed whales is that baleen whales have baleen plates instead of teeth in the upper jaw, which enables them to filter food from water.

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