Baleen Whale

Not all whales have big teeth, or throats large enough to swallow a man.  Whales known as “baleen” whales have throats that are so small that they can only feed on tiny sea organisms called “krill.”  In the place of teeth, these great whales have long, stringy plates in their mouths called “baleen.”

When feeding, the whale opens its huge mouth and swims into a mass of krill.  It then closes its mouth and forces the water out through the stringy baleen.  The baleen acts like a big strainer, letting the water out but tripping the food, which the whale swallows. – Dick Rogers