Sperm whale teeth/dolphin size

From: Kim Marshall-Tilas (kimm@oceanalliance.org)
Date: Thu May 23 2002 - 11:45:56 EDT


Question:
> What is the longest whales tooth ever recorded? How big are dolphins?
>
> Reply:
> Dear Jonathan,
> Sperm whales have the largest teeth in the toothed whale family. Their teeth
> are very thick and conical in shape and they grow to 8 inches long and can
> weigh more than 2 1/4 pounds.
>
> Dolphins are part of the toothed whale family and there are many different
> species including the largest dolphin, the orca or killer whale. The most
> recognized dolphin is the bottlenose dolphin (Flipper) and they grow from
> 6-12.5 feet long and can weigh from 330 to 1400 pounds.
>
> Make sure to explore WhaleNet and learn more about sperm whales and dolphins,
> you can go to the how to find section at
> http://whale.wheelock.edu/howtofind.html.
>
> Thank you for your questions!
> Kim
>
>
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