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Bowhead whales are not social animals, typically traveling alone or in small pods of up to 6.

They are able to dive and remain submerged underwater for up to an hour.

The whale has a massive triangular skull, which the whale uses to break through the Arctic ice to breathe.

Inuit hunters have reported bowheads surfacing through 60 cm (24 in) of ice.

The bowhead whale has paired blowholes, at the highest point of the head, which can spout a blow 6.1 m (20 ft) high.

American whalemen called them the steeple-top, polar whale, The bowhead was an early whaling target.The population was severely reduced before a 1966 moratorium was passed to protect the species.Of the five stocks of bowhead populations, three are listed as "endangered", one as "vulnerable", and one as "lower risk, conservation dependent" according to the IUCN Red List.However based on later DNA analysis those fossil bones claimed to be from "Swedenborg whales" were confirmed to be from bowhead whales.The bowhead whale has a large, robust, dark-colored body and a white chin/lower jaw.This thick-bodied species can weigh from 75 to 100 tonnes (74 to 98 long tons; 83 to 110 short tons).

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