Sperm whale jaw

Sperm whale jaw

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Credit: THOMAS FREDBERG/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) jaw. This sperm whale skeleton is on public display at the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen. The bones came from a whale first found stranded on Henne Strand, Jutland, Denmark. It measured 14 meters in length and weighed an estimated 30 tonnes. The carcass was dissected and the bones cleaned under a lengthy process and then assembled at the museum. Sperm whales usually grow their main teeth only on their lower jaw, the upper jaw sometimes (as in this case) contains smaller rudimentary teeth that do not emerge.

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