Toothed Whales | Odontoceti

Odontocetes are toothed whales classified under Cetaceans that include mammals such as the sperm whale, beaked whales, porpoise, and dolphins. Male and female Odontocetes show distinct sexual dimorphism. Odontocetes are acknowledged to have well-developed hearing senses with some species being very intelligent. They also have conical teeth and a layer of fat beneath their skin for keeping them warm while in cold waters. Additionally, most species of the Odontocetes are sociable with smaller Odontocetes like the dolphins kept in captivity for scientific research and entertaining people by doing tricks. Others are followed or observed in the ocean in an activity called whale watching.

What do dolphins eat?

A dolphin’s diet typically consists of a variety of fish, squid, shrimp, jellyfish, and octopuses. Their diet also depends on the species of the dolphin (there are more than 40 species of dolphin), where the dolphin lives, and the other wildlife that lives around them.

How long do dolphins live?

The life expectancy of a dolphin is affected by their habitat, geography, diet, level of endangerment, health, social structure, and species. Dolphins are able to live for an average of 20 years, and female dolphins tend live longer than males. Dolphins that live in captivity tend to have shorter lifespans than those in the wild.

Where do dolphins live?

Dolphins are able to live in all of the world’s oceans and in some rivers. Not all species of dolphins are able to live in every environment, except for the bottlenose dolphin who is able to live in almost every ocean except for the Arctic and Antarctic ocean. Most dolphins prefer tropical and temperate waters since they are warm-blooded mammals.

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14”-19” | 37-48 cm
22”-29” | 56-74 cm
6.5’-8.5’ | 1.98-2.59 m
331-408 lb | 150-185 kg
25-30 years
Amazon River Dolphin
48.000
74.000
259.000
185.000
30.00
32200
3D
Amazon River Dolphin
Baiji
19800
11”-20” | 27-52 cm
13”-24” | 32-61 cm
4.5’-8.5’ | 1.37-2.59 m
287-375 lb | 130-170 kg
24-30 years
Baiji
52.000
61.000
259.000
170.000
30.00
19800
3D
Baiji
2’8”-4’2” | 81-127 cm
35”-54” | 89-138 cm
13’-20’ | 4-6.1 m
2,000-3,000 lb | 910-1,360 kg
35-50 years
Beluga Whale
127.000
138.000
610.000
1360.000
50.00
224000
3D
Beluga Whale
2’1”-2’11” | 64-89 cm
33”-47” | 83-119 cm
10’-14’ | 3.1-4.3 m
300-1,400 lb | 136-625 kg
20-30 years
Common Bottlenose Dolphin
89.000
119.000
430.000
625.000
30.00
13000
3D
Common Bottlenose Dolphin
14”-20” | 36-50 cm
16”-22” | 40-55 cm
6.17’-8.5’ | 1.88-2.59 m
220-298 lb | 100-135 kg
25-40 years
Common Dolphin
50.000
55.000
259.000
135.000
40.00
7300
3D
Common Dolphin
18”-25” | 47-63 cm
14”-18.5” | 35-47 cm
5.92’-8’ | 1.8-2.44 m
265-353 lb | 120-160 kg
15-20 years
Dall's Porpoise
63.000
47.000
244.000
160.000
20.00
4450
3D
Dall's Porpoise
17”-23” | 43-59 cm
19”-26” | 49-66 cm
6.58’-8.83’ | 2-2.69 m
463-595 lb | 210-270 kg
15-22 years
Dwarf Sperm Whale
59.000
66.000
269.000
270.000
22.00
10500
3D
Dwarf Sperm Whale
29”-38” | 75-96 cm
46”-57” | 116-146 cm
16’-20’ | 4.88-6.1 m
2,645-4,850 lb | 1,200-2,200 kg
55-63 years
False Killer Whale
96.000
146.000
610.000
2200.000
63.00
38100
3D
False Killer Whale
14”-17” | 36-43 cm
21”-25” | 54-64 cm
6.25’-7.5’ | 1.91-2.29 m
66-159 lb | 30-72 kg
10-20 years
Finless Porpoise
43.000
64.000
229.000
72.000
20.00
4610
3D
Finless Porpoise
14”-16” | 35-41 cm
11”-13” | 29-34 cm
5’-6’ | 1.52-1.83 m
99-198 lb | 45-90 kg
8-20 years
Harbour Porpoise
41.000
34.000
183.000
90.000
20.00
6700
3D
Harbour Porpoise
16”-19” | 42-49 cm
19”-22” | 48-56 cm
7’-8.17’ | 2.13-2.49 m
154-243 lb | 70-110 kg
18-26 years
Indus River Dolphin
49.000
56.000
249.000
110.000
26.00
4500
3D
Indus River Dolphin
14”-21” | 36-54 cm
15”-23” | 39-59 cm
5.92’-9’ | 1.8-2.74 m
198-441 lb | 90-200 kg
15-30 years
Irrawaddy Dolphin
54.000
59.000
274.000
200.000
30.00
23400
3D
Irrawaddy Dolphin
12”-20” | 30-50 cm
15”-25” | 39-63 cm
5.5’-9’ | 1.68-2.74 m
397-606 lb | 180-275 kg
20-30 years
Melon-Headed Whale
50.000
63.000
274.000
275.000
30.00
2700
3D
Melon-Headed Whale
Narwhal
505800
23”-36” | 58-92 cm
25”-39” | 63-99 cm
11.5’-18’ | 3.5-5.49 m
1,764-3,527 lb | 800-1,600 kg
35-55 years
Narwhal
92.000
99.000
549.000
1600.000
55.00
505800
3D
Narwhal
5’3”-7’6” | 1.60-2.29 m
5.8’-8’ | 1.76-2.45 m
23’-32’ | 7.01-9.75 m
1.5-6 tons | 1.3-5.4 metric tons
30-50 years (wild); 60-70 years (captivity)
Orca | Killer Whale
229.000
245.000
975.000
5400.000
70.00
818000
3D
Orca | Killer Whale
13”-19” | 33-49 cm
16”-23” | 40-59 cm
5.5’-8.17’ | 1.68-2.49 m
298-441 lb | 135-200 kg
35-46 years
Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
49.000
59.000
249.000
200.000
46.00
3200
3D
Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
22”-25” | 56-65 cm
22”-24” | 56-62 cm
10’-11.5’ | 3.05-3.5 m
683-992 lb | 310-450 kg
17-23 years
Pygmy Sperm Whale
65.000
62.000
350.000
450.000
23.00
6250
3D
Pygmy Sperm Whale
6’9”-11’ | 2.06-3.35 m
10.5’-16’ | 3.21-4.88 m
39’-62’ | 12-19 m
38.5-65 tons | 35-59 metric tons
60-70 years
Sperm Whale
335.000
488.000
1900.000
59000.000
70.00
268000
3D
Sperm Whale
13”-16” | 34-41 cm
16”-19” | 41-49 cm
6.5’-7.75’ | 1.98-2.36 m
51-174 lb | 23-79 kg
20-25 years
Spinner Dolphin
41.000
49.000
236.000
79.000
25.00
9350
3D
Spinner Dolphin
16”-18” | 41-47 cm
20”-23” | 51-59 cm
7.17’-8.5’ | 2.19-2.59 m
198-331 lb | 90-150 kg
45-58 years
Striped Dolphin
47.000
59.000
259.000
150.000
58.00
7800
3D
Striped Dolphin
Vaquita
186000
12”-14” | 30-36 cm
12”-15” | 30-37 cm
4’-5’ | 1.2-1.5 m
100-110 lb | 45-50 kg
20 years (average)
Vaquita
36.000
37.000
150.000
50.000
20.00
186000
3D
Vaquita
Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
Measured comparison illustration of the size of a Striped Dolphin to a typical person and similar species

The Striped dolphin is an extremely curious, active, and fast-moving mammal under the family Delphinidae widely distributed in all temperate and tropical oceans worldwide. The animals are usually small, very streamlined, and flashy with the grey strips that run along its body being the most distinct feature. Like other dolphins, the Striped dolphin is very social, often moving in large pods and at top speed. These animals love to be at the surface of the water where they display amazing acrobatics and engage in leap and high jumps. They are likewise killed in large numbers for their meat and trade to dolphinariums.

Striped Dolphins have a total length between 7.17’-8.5’ (2.19-2.59 m), body height of 16”-18” (41-47 cm), and width of 20”-23” (51-59 cm). The typical weight of the Striped Dolphin is in the range of 198-331 lb (90-150 kg). Striped Dolphin have lifespans between 45-58 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Striped Dolphin in top and side poses
The Striped dolphin is an extremely curious, active, and fast-moving mammal under the family Delphinidae widely distributed in all temperate and tropical oceans worldwide. The animals are usually small, very streamlined, and flashy with the grey strips that run along its body.

Striped Dolphins have a total length between 7.17’-8.5’ (2.19-2.59 m), body height of 16”-18” (41-47 cm), and width of 20”-23” (51-59 cm). The typical weight of the Striped Dolphin is in the range of 198-331 lb (90-150 kg). Striped Dolphin have lifespans between 45-58 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Striped Dolphin in top and side poses
Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
Height:
16”-18” | 41-47 cm
Width:
20”-23” | 51-59 cm
Length:
7.17’-8.5’ | 2.19-2.59 m
Depth:
Weight:
198-331 lb | 90-150 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Stenella coeruleoalba
Lifespan
45-58 years

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Striped Dolphin side elevation, front, top

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Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris)
Scale illustration of an average Spinner Dolphin compared to a human and similar species

The Spinner dolphin is a toothed whale under the family Delphinidae whose prime habitats are the off-shore tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. These spinning champs are recognizable by their acrobatic skills and aerial spiral, which starts in the water and progresses into the air before they dive back into the ocean. The animals have long, skinny beaks, flippers that are curved and pointed at their tips, tall triangular dorsal fin, and slender bodies. The spinner dolphin displays different routines during the day and night, where they relax during the day and travel at sundown to feed. Spinning time is usually late in the afternoon. Like most dolphins, the Spinner dolphin is social and loves congregating in large schools.

Spinner Dolphins have a total length between 6.5’-7.75’ (1.98-2.36 m), body height of 13”-16” (34-41 cm), and width of 16”-19” (41-49 cm). The typical weight of the Spinner Dolphin is in the range of 51-174 lb (23-79 kg). Spinner Dolphin have lifespans between 20-25 years.

Pair of elevation illustrations of the Spinner Dolphin seen from the side and top
The Spinner dolphin is a toothed whale under the family Delphinidae whose prime habitats are the off-shore tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. These spinning champs are recognizable by their acrobatic skills and aerial spiral, which starts in the water and progresses into the air.

Spinner Dolphins have a total length between 6.5’-7.75’ (1.98-2.36 m), body height of 13”-16” (34-41 cm), and width of 16”-19” (41-49 cm). The typical weight of the Spinner Dolphin is in the range of 51-174 lb (23-79 kg). Spinner Dolphin have lifespans between 20-25 years.

Pair of elevation illustrations of the Spinner Dolphin seen from the side and top
Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris)
Height:
13”-16” | 34-41 cm
Width:
16”-19” | 41-49 cm
Length:
6.5’-7.75’ | 1.98-2.36 m
Depth:
Weight:
51-174 lb | 23-79 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Stenella longirostris
Lifespan
20-25 years

Drawings include:

Spinner Dolphin side elevation, front, top

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Pacific White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens)
Measured comparison illustration of the size of a Pacific White-Sided Dolphin to a typical person and similar species

The Pacific white-sided dolphin is an energetic and acrobatic dolphin grouped under the family Delphinidae. They prefer the deep offshore waters of the North Pacific ocean. These vertebrates are a genuine beauty with their sturdy bodies covered in shades and tones of black, white, and silvery colors. They also spot stubby beaks, tall, curved bi-colored distinctive dorsal fins, and large rounded flippers. They are very showy, social, love traveling in large groups, and not frightened to hang out with other species or even approaching boats. Pacific white-sided dolphins are also kept in dolphinaria for scientific research and marine theme park shows.

Pacific White-Sided Dolphins have a total length between 5.5’-8.17’ (1.68-2.49 m), body height of 13”-19” (33-49 cm), and width of 16”-23” (40-59 cm). The typical weight of the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin is in the range of 298-441 lb (135-200 kg). Pacific White-Sided Dolphin have lifespans between 35-46 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Pacific White-Sided Dolphin in top and side poses
The Pacific white-sided dolphin is an energetic and acrobatic dolphin grouped under the family Delphinidae. They prefer the deep offshore waters of the North Pacific ocean. These vertebrates are a genuine beauty with their sturdy bodies covered in shades and tones of black, white, and silver colors.

Pacific White-Sided Dolphins have a total length between 5.5’-8.17’ (1.68-2.49 m), body height of 13”-19” (33-49 cm), and width of 16”-23” (40-59 cm). The typical weight of the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin is in the range of 298-441 lb (135-200 kg). Pacific White-Sided Dolphin have lifespans between 35-46 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Pacific White-Sided Dolphin in top and side poses
Pacific White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens)
Height:
13”-19” | 33-49 cm
Width:
16”-23” | 40-59 cm
Length:
5.5’-8.17’ | 1.68-2.49 m
Depth:
Weight:
298-441 lb | 135-200 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Lagenorhynchus obliquidens
Lifespan
35-46 years

Drawings include:

Pacific White-Sided Dolphin side elevation, front, top

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False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
Scale illustration of an average False Killer Whale compared to a human and similar species

False killer whales are marine animals grouped under the family Delphinidae, primarily inhabiting the warm tropical and temperate waters. To False killer whales, family and friendships are everything hence are extremely social preferring to swim and hunt in a large pod among themselves and even with other dolphin species. The animals are characterized by black or gray hue on their long slim bodies. Also, they spot sickle-shaped dorsal fin, narrow, short pointed flippers and lighter coating on their underside. They use echolocation for navigation and pursuing prey. False killer whales are whimsical, love to breach, and quickly adapt to life in captivity.

False Killer Whales have a total length between 16’-20’ (4.88-6.1 m), body height of 29”-38” (75-96 cm), and width of 46”-57” (116-146 cm). The typical weight of the False Killer Whale is in the range of 2,645-4,850 lb (1,200-2,200 kg). False Killer Whale have lifespans between 55-63 years.

Pair of elevation illustrations of the False Killer Whale seen from the side and top
False killer whales are marine animals grouped under the family Delphinidae, primarily inhabiting the warm tropical and temperate waters. To False killer whales, family and friendships are everything hence are extremely social preferring to swim and hunt in a large pod among themselves.

False Killer Whales have a total length between 16’-20’ (4.88-6.1 m), body height of 29”-38” (75-96 cm), and width of 46”-57” (116-146 cm). The typical weight of the False Killer Whale is in the range of 2,645-4,850 lb (1,200-2,200 kg). False Killer Whale have lifespans between 55-63 years.

Pair of elevation illustrations of the False Killer Whale seen from the side and top
False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
Height:
29”-38” | 75-96 cm
Width:
46”-57” | 116-146 cm
Length:
16’-20’ | 4.88-6.1 m
Depth:
Weight:
2,645-4,850 lb | 1,200-2,200 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Pseudorca crassidens
Lifespan
55-63 years

Drawings include:

False Killer Whale side elevation, front, top

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Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)
Dimensioned side elevation drawing of a Vaquita compared to the size of a swimming person

Vaquitas are a marine mammal that have a very particular appearance with their eyes and mouth blacked out and their upper side of the body is grey. Vaquitas are small mammals and one of the world's rarest. In 2018, researchers discovered that less than 10 vaquitas remain in the wild. Vaquitas have been on the endangered species list since the late 90s. Their environment is in the Gulf of California in Mexico, which is about 900 square miles. A big factor of their extinction is from increasingly lack of fish, squid, and crustaceans that make up their diet.

The typical Vaquita has an overall height of 12”-14” (30-36 cm) and body length of 4’-5’ (1.2-1.5 m). An average Vaquita weighs between 100-110 lb (45-50 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 20 years (average).

Pair of drawings of a Vaquita in jumping and front positions
Vaquitas are marine mammals with a very particular appearance with their eyes and mouth blacked out and their upper side of the body is grey. Vaquitas have a size of four to five feet long (1.2-1.5 m) and weigh in around 120 pounds (50 kg). Vaquitas are small mammals and one of the world's rarest.

The typical Vaquita has an overall height of 12”-14” (30-36 cm) and body length of 4’-5’ (1.2-1.5 m). An average Vaquita weighs between 100-110 lb (45-50 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 20 years (average).

Pair of drawings of a Vaquita in jumping and front positions
Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)
Height:
12”-14” | 30-36 cm
Width:
12”-15” | 30-37 cm
Length:
4’-5’ | 1.2-1.5 m
Depth:
Weight:
100-110 lb | 45-50 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Phocoena sinus
Lifespan
20 years (average)

Drawings include:
Vaquita side elevation, jumping, front

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