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Toothed Whales . By: Lauren Granville. There are around 70 different species of Toothed Whales. They get the name, Toothed Whales, because they are the only whales that have teeth. Some Toothed Whales are: Sperm, Bottlenose, river dolphin, Orca, Pilot, Narwhal, Beaked, and Beluga. .

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Toothed whales

Toothed Whales

By: Lauren Granville

  • There is a wide distribution of Toothed Whales all over the world.

  • They can be found in deep water habitats, coastal shores, in Antarctic seas, tropical seas, and in freshwater, like the Amazon river dolphin shown below.

  • Most migrate for food or to breed, while others, like the Sperm whale, are said to be the wanderers of the ocean, because they inhabit all oceans of the world.

  • Their diet varies among the different species world.

  • Actively hunts prey using echolocation

  • Toothed whales have peg-like teeth for grasping their prey

  • The ones that feed on fish, seals, and other whales, like the Orcas, generally have more teeth than the ones that feed on invertebrates.


Feeding methods

  • Orcas world. will strand themselves in order to catch and eat seals from a sandy beach.

  • Bottlenose dolphins will herd schools of fish up onto a mud bank, stranding themselves until they are finished.

Feeding Methods

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Sperm whales

  • The blowhole is usually located on the top of the head, except for in the case of the Sperm whale.

  • Sperm whales have a blowhole that is located on the front left-hand side of the head.

  • These whales are the largest in this group and are known to have the largest brain of any animal with a weight of 20lbs.

Sperm Whales

Dolphins and porpoises

Dolphins and Porpoises

Narwhal and beluga

  • This family, includes dolphins and porpoises. Monodontidae, has only two species: the Narwhal and Beluga whale.

  • Found in arctic seas and major rivers draining into them.

  • Both lack a dorsal fin.

  • Belugas have 8-10 teeth in each jaw; Narwhals have only two in the upper jaw, one develops into a spiral tusk.

Narwhal and Beluga

Do whales sleep

  • Whether whales sleep or not remains a mystery. includes dolphins and porpoises.

  • Because breathing is not an automatic reflex in whales and is a voluntary one, scientist believe they rest one side of the brain at a time.

  • Scientist believe they do this by closing one eye at time before swapping to the other eye while swimming close the waters surface.

Do whales sleep?

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