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Strap Toothed Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Mesoplodon layardii
Family Name:
Ziphiidae
Size:
16ft 6" - 20ft 3"
Weight:
1-3 tons
Color:
black bodies with a large white patch covering the top of the body
Diet:
Squid
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Strap Toothed Whale

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Strap Toothed Whale Description
  Male strap-toothed whales are easy to spot at sea because they have two huge teeth growing out of their bottom jaws. The teeth curl upwards and backwards and sometimes grow right over the beak, so that the whales can't open their mouths properly! Females do not have these huge teeth and so are harder to identify, but if they are in a group with a male, this is not a problem. Strap-toothed whales have black bodies with a large white patch covering the top of the body at the front which goes round the neck and under the chest. The whales have a black patch over their eyes and forehead. Another white patch is on the underside of the body below the dorsal fin. They have small flippers, small dorsal fins and triangular shaped flukes with pointed tips and no notches.  
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