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Spanish - missing from languages on the left[edit]

The link for "Español" does not appear in the "languages" box on the left for this article. This could be because there really is no equivalent for the English "whale" in Spanish, but the same is true for "Français" and "Italiano," yet both of these links are provided. The language links take you to an article titled "Baleine" in French and "Balena" in Italian, which is the closest equivalent. In all three languages, all whales are commonly known as baleines, balenas or ballenas.

Clicking on "Francais" links to: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baleine

Where it is explained that "C'est un terme générique qui s'applique aux espèces appartenant au sous-ordre des mysticètes ainsi que, improprement, à certaines espèces appartenant aux odontocètes." Roughly translating as: it is a common term that is applied not just to Baleen whales but also to Odontoceti (toothed whales). A link is provided for the reader to the article on toothed whales.

Clicking on "Italiano" links to: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balena

There it says:

In a broad sense "whale/balena" is meant as any whale of gigantic size (sperm whales, fin whales, humpback whales, true whales). The term is used in this sense in such expressions as "whaling", "whale song", "protection of whales" etc. (translation by Google). While the Italian article does not include a link to toothed whales as the French article does, it does provide a link to the Italian article on Cetaceans.

The article in "Español" has a similar explanation.

There is an equivalent link in "Español" (Spanish), which has a similar explanation about the common use of the term ballena: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balaenidae

Like the French article, this one also provides a link to the toothed whale article.

The same is true in Portuguese (Baleia) and possibly other languages, especially the Romance languages. Polish also seems to use a related word, "Waleine," to mean whales in general, but there it links to the article on Cetacea and not to Balaenidae.

Interestingly, neither the Italian, French, nor Portuguese articles on Balaenidae have a link to the Spanish article on the same topic. There may be additional links needed for articles in other languages, but these are the ones that are most familiar to me.

Conclusion/Proposal: The Spanish article should be treated the same as the French & Italian ones and thus "Español" should be one of the available languages from the English article on Whales. It should also have links going to it from the Italian and French articles on Balaeindae. Ileanadu (talk) 18:37, 22 April 2015 (UTC)