Bowhead whales

Mustached Whales

Where it Lives

They live in the freezing waters of the Arctic most of the time they swim under large sheets of ice.


They eat plankton and crustaceans.

How they became endangered

They were hunted even more intensively than the right whale lead to its extinction. The eskimos ate their meat and blubber. While the Europeans and Americans wanted the oil from their blubber and their baleen plates. The oil and bones (baleen) from these whales was an important part of the economy of many nations.