Baleen Close Up

This may look like a mane of hair, but it’s actually baleen from a North Atlantic Right Whale. Although it looks soft and furry, dried baleen is quite stiff, which made it useful for creating structure in a number of consumer products, including whips and umbrellas. Discover more about this species in A Tale of A Whale a photo essay about a whale named Phoenix.


Michael Moore/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution