Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 15:51:34 EST
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Whale/Dolphin Teeth
We would like some information on what type of teeth whale and dolphins
have. Do the have molars, cuspids and insciors? Also, we understand that
dolphins have "coned-shaped" teeth. Do whales have these, or can they vary?
Thanks for your help.
Whale teeth are generally conical. This is true for most whales excepting
beaked whales and porpoises. Porpoises have spatula shaped teeth. Beaked
whales have twelve different shapes that are species unique in form. Sperm
whales have erupted teeth only in the lower jaw. The upper teeth do not
erupt. narwhals have the most spectacular teeth. males have a tusk that
projects forward from the upper jaw. This tusk can be ten feet long and is a
spiral shape like the unicorn. Indeed, Viking traders used to peddle narwhal
teeth as unicorn horn. People in medieval times thought that unicorn horn
cups would neutralize poisons.
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