Sunday, February 12, 2012

Baleen Whales

Although toothed whales are my main focus, baleen whales are very special too. As a request from one of my followers, I have decided to make a list of all baleen whales and their conservation status according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


Blue Whale: Endangered

Fin Whale: Endangered

Sei Whale: Endangered

Bryde's Whale: Data Deficient

Pygmy Bryde's Whale: Unknown (no picture found)

Common Minke Whale: Least Concern

Antarctic Minke Whale: Data Deficient

Omura's Whale: Data Deficient

Humpback Whale: Least Concern

Right Whales: 

Bowhead Whale: Least Concern

North Atlantic Right Whale: Endangered

North Pacific Right Whale: Endangered

Southern Right Whale: Least Concern

Gray Whale (placed in family of own):

Gray Whale: Least Concern

Pygmy Right Whale (placed in family of own):

Pygmy Right Whale: Data Deficient



  1. Hi Haley, that list is awesome. I'm going to see if I can find some good pictures of each species for you. There are lots of kinds of whales I know nothing about. A good example is the narwhal. Are you kidding me? It's like unicorn of the sea! It's as beautiful and amazing and confusing as the duck-billed platypus.

    1. the platapus is the only mamle with poisines defens and only the males have it

  2. Thank you so much. That would be great! There are many whales I don't know much about as well. I know of all of the baleen whales but don't know much about them. With toothed whales, I know a ton about some of them but I don't know anything about the majority of them. Yes, the narwhal is amazing. I love them. Actually, they are what started the unicorn legend. I don't really know how, but they did. Sadly, they are hunted for their tusks, if you haven't already seen my post about them.

  3. Hi Haley, some links to whale art...

  4. Thank you very much for the pictures!

  5. Very interesting. Baleen whales are amazing creatures. I enjoyed learning about the conservation status of the different species:)

  6. give them a voice and save thes buitfle wales