Mysticeti: Baleen Whales

Baleen is not bone, but is composed of keratin: the same substance as hair, horns, claws and nails. Whales use these combs for filter feeding. Three species of whales featuring baleen frequent our waters and are seen regularly on our whale watching boat tours in Victoria, British Columbia: gray whales, humpback whales and minke whales. Blue, sei and fin whales are extremely rare here.