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Do blue whales have teeth?

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Blue whales do not have teeth; instead, they have large plates consisting of baleen, which is similar in texture to fingernails. After swallowing an enormous amount of seawater, blue whales use the baleen plates as a sieve for straining krill as the seawater expels from the animal.

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Blue whales are the largest animals on Earth, measuring up to 100 feet long and weighing as much as 200 tons or more. In a single day, an adult blue whale can ingest as much as 4 tons of krill. Scientists estimate that between 10,000 and 25,000 blue whales live in the world's oceans.

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