Tippy asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 6 months ago

Can a sperm whale bite a human's finger off?

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  • 6 months ago

    it would swallow us whole

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  • 6 months ago

    a sperm whale is more likely to take an entire limb or half of your body. also, they are massive. Orca can bite off an arm if they wanted to, so could many sharks who could definitely take a finger. a sperm whale is much much larger and their teeth can be over 6" long.but they only have bottom teeth, with holes or sockets in the upper jaw in a ridge that acts more like a vice with spikes on it than a scissor bite or shear chomp of conventional teeth. but yes, it is possibly for one to take off a finger, but the rest of your hand and maybe your arm would be crushed and mutilated between its jaws while your fingers needs to be up in where the teeth go into their sockets. they dont eat like alot of other species (ones that would bite off fingers) because their jaws are very different. they pulverize and shred and crush by chomping then swallow, instead of biting or chewing off chunks like animals with teeth on both the top and bottom jaws. sperm whales have more of a meat tenderizer for teeth than kitchen knifes

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  • Arch
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    They'd be more likely to simply swallow you whole.

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  • MARK
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Yes, but they prefer fishfingers.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Probably not. Dogs, bears, cats and their relatives in the mammalian order Carnivora have carnassial back teeth, which they use to cut meat these teeth are closely spaced and have sharp edges. They work as a sort of scissors. These teeth can indeed cut off a finger if the animal is big enough. A lion or a big dog can cut a finger off. A house cat may not. Nevertheless a house cat's back teeth can cut the hard and dry cat food nuggets easily.

    Sperm whales are toothed whales, the largest toothed whale alive, larger than dolphins and the orca. The baleen whales like the humpback are larger but they lack teeth. Their baleen plates are made of keratin, the same protein found in hair and finger nail. The plates are used to filter small animals from the water, not to bite. Even though toothed whales have teeth, their teeth are generally not closely spaced and they are used for gripping and crushing, not cutting. It is therefore unlikely that a bite by a toothed whale can result in a finger being cut.

    BTW, the giant panda also have ancestors with carnassial teeth that can be used for cutting. But since the panda has evolved to eat bamboo, those back teeth have evolved to have blunt edges, instead of very thin but sharp edges, making them stronger when chewing, since bamboo is a lot harder than meat. The giant panda uses the back teeth to cut bamboo instead of meat. If a lion tries to chew bamboo with its back teeth, the teeth may lose its sharp edge and/or the tips of the teeth may crack.

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  • JimZ
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    They could probably bite a human in two but a finger is pretty small and pretty attached to a hand. Maybe the entire arm would be doable with a shake or two. Are you having that arm with fries and a shake?

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  • 6 months ago

    why are you planning a dental visit to sea world

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  • 6 months ago

    I doubt it, the gap between their teeth is a lot bigger than a finger.

    I they chose, maybe bite off a leg, but they are not known to even go after humans.

    They dive really deep like 7000 feet and go after smaller squid and octopus.

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  • 6 months ago

    Unlikely -- but they are toothed whales, so would probably take off your whole arm or a leg

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    No, because whales don't have teeth that can bite. Their teeth are more like a sieve that filters everything except tiny krill.

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    • MARK
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      Ooops Fail! Sperm whales are odontocetes, i.e. they are toothed whales. Not all whales are mysticetes (baleen whales).

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