What do whales have in common?

What do whales have in common?

Whales are mammals just like we are. Just like us, they breathe air, have hair, are warm-blooded, give birth to live young, and feed their young milk.

What do toothed whales and baleen whales have in common?

Baleen whales have baleen plates, or sheets, which sieve prey from seawater. Toothed whales have teeth and they actively hunt fish, squid and other sea creatures. Dolphins and porpoises all have teeth and rather confusingly are known as ‘toothed whales’ too!

Is a sperm whale a toothed whale?

Called odontocetes—from the Greek for “toothed whales”—toothed whales are the bigger group, comprising about 70 of the whale species living today. The group includes beaked whales and sperm whales. Beluga whales are odontocetes, or toothed whales.

How are toothed whales different from other whales?

There are two types of whale; baleen and toothed. The key difference between them is the way they feed and what they have inside their mouth. Toothed whales have teeth and they actively hunt fish, squid and other sea creatures.

Do Sperm whales have hair?

When we think of whales, hair is not usually something that comes to mind – but most whales and dolphins have some hair when they are born, and certain species keep their hair throughout their life! Most whales have their hair follicles where land-mammals would have whiskers today.

Do whales have periods?

The length of cycles differs from one species to another but, in short, they may last from 24 to 37 days in primates, 21 to 33 days in bats, and only once at the end of the breeding season in elephant shrews. Other mammals, such as dogs, cows, horses, or whales don’t have periods.

Are baleen and toothed whales related?

The order Cetacea, that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises is divided into two main groups: the toothed whales (Odontocetes) and the baleen or whalebone whales (Mysticetes). These whales take large prey including fish, large invertebrates, and marine mammals. …

Are humpback and sperm whales the same?

Sperm Whale – next up in the lineup of largest whales is the sperm whale. The Humpback Whale – the humpback whale is one of the most distinguished whale species set apart by its pointed head shape and extra-long fins or flippers. The humpback can grow up to 52 feet and weigh nearly 60,000 lbs.

Which whale is classified as a toothed whale?

Toothed whale, (suborder Odontoceti), any of the odontocete cetaceans, including the oceanic dolphins, river dolphins, porpoises, pilot whales, beaked whales, and bottlenose whales, as well as the killer whale, sperm whale, narwhal, and beluga whale.

Are sperm whales related to dolphins?

The sperm whale belongs to the order Cetartiodactyla, the order containing all cetaceans and even-toed ungulates. It is a member of the unranked clade Cetacea, with all the whales, dolphins, and porpoises, and further classified into Odontoceti, containing all the toothed whales and dolphins.

What do whales and dolphins have in common?

Dolphins and whales share common, mammalian traits, including warm blood, hair, and lung-based breathing. They also give birth to living offspring and nurse their young. Their bodies resemble the streamlined form of a fish.

Do whales fart?

Yes, whales do fart. I’m yet to experience this, but I know of some lucky scientists who have seen a humpback whale fart. They tell me it looks like bubbles coming out underneath its body near the tail. That’s where the whale bum is — the smellier blowhole.