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 Bryde's Whale (Balaenoptera edeni)




Bryde's Whale | Balaenoptera edeni photo
Bryde's Whale photographed off Galapagos, Equador.

Photograph by Fredrik Wallenberg. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Bryde's Whale | Balaenoptera edeni photo
Bryde's Whale photographed off Galapagos, Equador.

Photograph by Fredrik Wallenberg. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

BRYDE'S WHALE FACTS

Description
Bryde's Whale is dark gray with a yellowish white underside. It is the second smallest rorqual (after the Northern Minke Whale). It has three parallel ridges in the area between the blowholes and the tip of the head. The dorsal fin is sickle shaped and the flippers are small relative to body size.Bryde's Whale has two rows of baleen plates on the top jaw with about 300 plates on each side. Each baleen plate is short and wide - about 50cm x 19cm.

Size
Length: males 11.9m - 14.6m; females 12.2m - 15.6m

Environment
warm-temperate and tropical waters

Food
small fish (pilchard, mackerel, herring), crustaceans (shrimp, crabs), also some octopus and squid. Eats more fish than many other baleen whales.

Breeding
A single calf is born after gestation period of 12 months. The calf is about 4m long at birth and weighs about 1000kg. Young are weaned after about six month. A female bears one calf every two or three years.

Range
warmer waters of Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "data deficient".

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Cetacea
Family:Balaenopteridae
Genus:Balaenoptera
Species:edeni
Common Name:Bryde's Whale


Relatives in same Genus
  Northern Minke Whale (B. acutorostrata)
  Sei Whale (B. borealis)
  Blue Whale (B. musculus)
  Fin Whale (B. physalus)