The balaena live entirely in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters. They are commonly called as Bowhead Whale. This is one of the fishes that start with alphabet B. Below are the fast facts.
- Type: Fish
- Scientific name: BalaenaMysticetus
- Conservation status: Least Concern
- Weight: 75 – 100 tons
- Length: 50 – 60 feet
- Top Speed: 10 kph
- Population: 10,000 approximately
- Average life span: 100+ years
- Gestation period: 13 months
- Diet: Carnivore
- Preys: fish
- Predators: Human, killer whales
- Habitat: Ocean
These fishes live in freezing water of Arctic. They are capable of breaking 7 inches thick ice with their body. These bowheads are slow breeders and maturity may not come for 20 years. A single calf is born after 3 or 4 years. Females are larger than males otherwise the two sexes are of similar appearance.