Toothed Whales

The suborder Odontoceti includes whales with teeth, dolphins and porpoise. Any cetacean longer than 30 ft is called a whale. Toothed whales rely on sound to better understand their surroundings, to navigate, find food, and to communicate. These whales use sonar, or echolocation, to navigate and find their prey. They produce a sound, which bounces off an object and returns to them. From this, whales can figure out the size, shape, distance, characteristics and movements of an object. Below are the species that can be seen off the coast and inland waters of Washington and Oregon.

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Species in Washington, Oregon, & California