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.

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