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
Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis)
Measured comparison illustration of the size of a Amazon River Dolphin to a typical person and similar species

The Amazon River Dolphin or boto or bufeo or pink dolphin are freshwater toothed whales under the family Iniidae existing mainly in the Amazon basin and also in some rivers of South America. Botos have a look of their own: usually pink with males being pinker and bigger than females. They have small dorsal fins, plump bodies, long skinny snouts, and small eyes. Botos love solo life, however, can also be found in small groups. Pink dolphins are active all day, inquisitive with large paddle-shaped flippers and lithe and maneuverable bodies. Also, pink dolphins have been associated with legends and also featured in mythology.

Amazon River Dolphins have a total length between 6.5’-8.5’ (1.98-2.59 m), body height of 14”-19” (37-48 cm), and width of 22”-29” (56-74 cm). The typical weight of the Amazon River Dolphin is in the range of 331-408 lb (150-185 kg). Amazon River Dolphin have lifespans between 25-30 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Amazon River Dolphin in top and side poses
The Amazon River Dolphin or boto or bufeo or pink dolphin are freshwater toothed whales under the family Iniidae existing mainly in the Amazon basin and also in some rivers of South America. Botos have a look of their own: usually pink with males being pinker and bigger than females.

Amazon River Dolphins have a total length between 6.5’-8.5’ (1.98-2.59 m), body height of 14”-19” (37-48 cm), and width of 22”-29” (56-74 cm). The typical weight of the Amazon River Dolphin is in the range of 331-408 lb (150-185 kg). Amazon River Dolphin have lifespans between 25-30 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Amazon River Dolphin in top and side poses
Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis)
Height:
14”-19” | 37-48 cm
Width:
22”-29” | 56-74 cm
Length:
6.5’-8.5’ | 1.98-2.59 m
Depth:
Weight:
331-408 lb | 150-185 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Inia geoffrensis
Lifespan
25-30 years

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Amazon River Dolphin side elevation, front, top

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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

Drawings include:

Striped Dolphin side elevation, front, top

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Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris)
Measured comparison illustration of the size of a Irrawaddy Dolphin to a typical person and similar species

The Irrawaddy dolphin is distinguishable from other dolphins by their very expressive face. These oceanic dolphins are grouped under the family Delphinidae and prefer sea coasts, river outlets, and shallow waters of Southeast Asia, Bay of Bengal, and Indonesia. They are sociable, existing in small groups, slow swimmers, and may occasionally spit spout of water from their mouths. Irrawaddy dolphins lack beaks but are highly recognizable from their charismatic rounded face that makes them resemble baby belugas. Other traits include small dorsal fin but long and larger flippers and greyish body, though their belly is lighter. Irrawaddy dolphins also love to engage in cooperative fishing with local fishermen.

Irrawaddy Dolphins have a total length between 5.92’-9’ (1.8-2.74 m), body height of 14”-21” (36-54 cm), and width of 15”-23” (39-59 cm). The typical weight of the Irrawaddy Dolphin is in the range of 198-441 lb (90-200 kg). Irrawaddy Dolphin have lifespans between 15-30 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Irrawaddy Dolphin in top and side poses
The Irrawaddy dolphin is distinguishable from other dolphins by their very expressive face. These oceanic dolphins are grouped under the family Delphinidae and prefer sea coasts, river outlets, and shallow waters of Southeast Asia, Bay of Bengal, and Indonesia.

Irrawaddy Dolphins have a total length between 5.92’-9’ (1.8-2.74 m), body height of 14”-21” (36-54 cm), and width of 15”-23” (39-59 cm). The typical weight of the Irrawaddy Dolphin is in the range of 198-441 lb (90-200 kg). Irrawaddy Dolphin have lifespans between 15-30 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Irrawaddy Dolphin in top and side poses
Irrawaddy Dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris)
Height:
14”-21” | 36-54 cm
Width:
15”-23” | 39-59 cm
Length:
5.92’-9’ | 1.8-2.74 m
Depth:
Weight:
198-441 lb | 90-200 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Orcaella brevirostris
Lifespan
15-30 years

Drawings include:

Irrawaddy Dolphin side elevation, front, top

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Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
Dimensioned size comparison diagram of a Beluga Whale with a scuba diver for scale

Beluga Whales are a species of whale known for their white color and vocal characteristics. Also known as the “sea canaries”, Beluga Whales are born grey and don’t get their whole color until 7-8 years. Beluga Whales are known for living in their arctic environment and weaving around icebergs from their keen hearing. Their live expectancy is on average 30 years, but they can live twice that if they aren’t hunted by polar bears or humans. Beluga whales are one of the most social animals in the sea and are often in groups (pods) whenever they travel.

The typical Beluga Whale has an overall height of 2’8”-4’2” (81-127 cm) and body length of 13’-20’ (4-6.1 m). An average Beluga Whale weighs between 2,000-3,000 lb (910-1,360 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 35-50 years.

Drawings of a Beluga Whale viewed from the front, top, and bottom elevations
Beluga Whales are a species of whale known for their white color and vocal characteristics. Also known as the “sea canaries”, Beluga Whales are born grey and don’t get their whole color until 7-8 years. Beluga whales are one of the most social animals in the sea and travel in groups (pods).

The typical Beluga Whale has an overall height of 2’8”-4’2” (81-127 cm) and body length of 13’-20’ (4-6.1 m). An average Beluga Whale weighs between 2,000-3,000 lb (910-1,360 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 35-50 years.

Drawings of a Beluga Whale viewed from the front, top, and bottom elevations
Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
Height:
2’8”-4’2” | 81-127 cm
Width:
35”-54” | 89-138 cm
Length:
13’-20’ | 4-6.1 m
Depth:
Weight:
2,000-3,000 lb | 910-1,360 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Delphinapterus leucas
Lifespan
35-50 years

Drawings include:
Beluga Whale side elevation, front, top, bottom

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Dall's Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)
Measured comparison illustration of the size of a Dall's Porpoise to a typical person and similar species

Dall’s porpoises are the largest and only marine animals under the family Phocoenidae. They inhabit most parts of the North Pacific and also are the fastest swimmers compared to other small cetaceans. Dall’s porpoises are identified by distinctive double-color patterns which make them resemble baby killer whales. However, they show a triangular-shaped dorsal fin and a lack of eye patches or saddle patches. Dall’s porpoises are differentiated from other porpoises by their robust bodies, short triangular heads with no or little snouts. Their flippers, usually small and round, are positioned close to their anterior. Dall’s porpoises are opportunistic hunters, social, most often found in groups of two to a dozen.

Dall's Porpoises have a total length between 5.92’-8’ (1.8-2.44 m), body height of 18”-25” (47-63 cm), and width of 14”-18.5” (35-47 cm). The typical weight of the Dall's Porpoise is in the range of 265-353 lb (120-160 kg). Dall's Porpoise have lifespans between 15-20 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Dall's Porpoise in top and side poses
Dall’s porpoises are the largest and only marine animals under the family Phocoenidae. They inhabit most parts of the North Pacific and also are the fastest swimmers compared to other small cetaceans. Dall’s porpoises are identified by distinctive double-color patterns like baby killer whales.

Dall's Porpoises have a total length between 5.92’-8’ (1.8-2.44 m), body height of 18”-25” (47-63 cm), and width of 14”-18.5” (35-47 cm). The typical weight of the Dall's Porpoise is in the range of 265-353 lb (120-160 kg). Dall's Porpoise have lifespans between 15-20 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Dall's Porpoise in top and side poses
Dall's Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)
Height:
18”-25” | 47-63 cm
Width:
14”-18.5” | 35-47 cm
Length:
5.92’-8’ | 1.8-2.44 m
Depth:
Weight:
265-353 lb | 120-160 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Phocoenoides dalli
Lifespan
15-20 years

Drawings include:

Dall's Porpoise side elevation, front, top

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