Subject: Re: Whale Question

Phil Clapham (
Fri, 08 Oct 1999 08:21:33 -0400

Hi Jack:

If you include dolphins, porpoises etc as whales (we do), then there are
about 78 different kinds.  We say "about" because there are some kinds
that we may not have discovered yet.  There are twelve kinds of big
whales (like the humpback and the blue), and only one of these has teeth
- the sperm whale.

Phil Clapham

Mike O'Brien wrote:
> Jack O'Brien, age seven, asks:
> How many kinds of whales are there?
> What do they eat?
> Thanks!


Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D.
Large Whale Biology Program
Northeast Fisheries Science Center
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Woods Hole, MA 02543

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