>What is the smallest whale? > The smallest of the baleen whales is the pygmy right whale, which may only grow to be 20 feet long. BUT, since the pygmy right whale has rarely been seen, very very little is known about it, and it may be larger than that. The smallest of the well known whales is the minke whale, which grows to be about 35 feet. The toothed whales are much smaller than the baleen whales. These are not the true "whales" (which usually means baleen whales). There's the dwarf sperm whale, the melon headed whale, and the pygmy killer whale, each of which get to maximum lengths of about 8 feet (the size of regular dolphins). But, remember that all whales and dolphins together are called "Cetaceans". Some Cetaceans have baleen instead of teeth, and they are called whales. All other Cetaceans have teeth. Some toothed Cetaceans are called whales, some are dolphins, and some are porpoises. Thanks for your question! Write again anytime. Aloha - Jen Philips __________________________________ Jennifer D. Philips jphilips@soest.hawaii.edu Marine Mammal Research Program HIMB, University of Hawaii at Manoa PO Box 1106 Kailua, HI 96734 voice: (808) 247-5063 fax: (808) 247-5831 __________________________________