Bryde’s Whale

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyBalaenopteridae
GenusBalaenoptera
Binomial nameBalaenoptera brydei
Balaenoptera edeni 

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

Bryde’s whales grow between 38-54 ft (11.5-16.5m) and weigh between 13-45 tons.

They eat anchovy, herring and mackerel, crabs, squid and other invertebrates. They are inquisitive and can approach whale-watching boats.

When the Bryde’s whale breaches from the water, they leave vertically, then arch their back in mid-air.

They do not migrate long distances between feeding and breeding grounds and stay in tropical and subtropical waters all year.

They have a slender body with three ridges that are parallel on its head. The sides of the head and the lower jaw are the same color.