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This award-winning wildlife series gives insight into
the evolution of the world’s largest animals, revealing how their bodies work from the inside out, and demonstrating how the magnificent creatures have adapted to their surroundings over thousands of years. A team of experts examine the anatomy of dangerous predators, unique herbivorous, and sea monsters like a 55 tonne sperm whale measuring over 19 metres long.
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Teeth

Sperm whales have between 20-26 teeth in each narrow lower jaw that do not erupt from the gums until puberty. These teeth weigh about 900 g each. The teeth in the upper jaw usually don’t erupt from the gum line at all. Sperm whales appear to swallow their prey whole, so the teeth are not necessary for feeding. In fact some healthy sperm whales that have been caught have no teeth at all.

fins

The sperm whale swims leisurely at the surface at 5-15 kph. But they can sustain a faster pace, when fleeing danger, of 34-43 kph for up to an hour. To assist with swimming sperm whales have a paddle shaped fins, 1.5 m long and 1 m wide, used for steering in the water and large flukes to propel themselves forward.

intestinal system

Sperm whales eat thousands of kilos of fish and squid — about 1 ton per day. It is possible thanks to unique structure of the internal organs. Stomach of whale can hold up to 500 liters of liquid and intestine reaches a length of 160 meters!

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