The 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 BrydeA 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'.
CountriesAngola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Fiji, French Polynesia, Grenada, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania and United States