Bryde's whale

Brydes whaleThe Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) is the least known and the more unusual of the family Balaenoptiidae (Rorquals, whales with throat grooves). They are deep divers, and are seldom seen in groups. Their diet consists of pilchard, mackerel, herring, anchovies, shrimp,crabs, and lobsters and sometimes octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. They are the second smallest of the rorquals (12 meters on average), the Minke Whale being the smallest (about 8.5 meters). Brydes whales have two blow holes on top of their head. As of 1986, they are a protected species worldwide and currently not endangered.

The Bryde's whale, common bryde's whale, pygmy bryde's whale, tropical whale is listed as Data Deficient (DD), inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Bryde
A young / baby of a Bryde is called a 'calf'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A Bryde group is called a 'gam, pod or herd'.
Some facts about the
Bryde's whale

Adult weight : 16000 kg (35200 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 72 years

Female maturity :3104 days

Male maturity : 3104 days

Gestation : 376 days

Weaning : 274 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Weight at birth : 1000 kg (2200 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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