The Balaenidae, consisting of four species of bowhead and right whales, are found in both hemispheres, but not
in tropical regions. Balaena mysticetus, the Bowhead, is found in arctic waters; of the three right whales,
Eubalaena, two are distributed in north temperate waters and the third in the southern ocean. The family is a
division of the Suborder Mysticeti, Order Cetacea. All four species are endangered, and their low
numbers make distribution assessment difficult.
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