How Many Teeth Does a Killer Whale Have?

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Killer whales have 48 to 52 teeth in total on their top and bottom jaws. Their teeth reach up to 4 inches long. Although they have teeth, they do not chew their food.

Killer whales use their teeth to capture and tear food. Young whales grow their first teeth at the age of 2 to 4 months. They generally have cone-shaped teeth and streamlined bodies. The maximum length of killer whales is approximately 32 feet, and their maximum weight is 11 tons. They work in pods to hunt prey, and they use several techniques to hunt prey, such as sliding onto beaches to capture prey and working together to make waves to wash seals off ice floes.