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Balaenoptera edeni

Bryde's Whale

Order: Cetacea
Family: Balaenopteridae

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Balaenoptera edeni - lower left inset: view of head from top; spray pattern
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Conservation Status: Data Deficient.

Found worldwide in warm-temperate and tropical waters, Bryde's whale avoids cold water, unlike most rorquals. Some individuals tend to live in coastal waters; others are migratory and occur well offshore. Bryde's eats more fish than many other balaenopterids. They have been seen feeding on schools of anchovies, sardines, herrings, and light fish. They also feed on a variety of crustaceans. We know little about their breeding habits or social behavior. Calves are born after about a year's gestation, and nurse until they are about six months old. A female bears one calf every two or three years.

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Range: 11.9-14.6 m males; 12.2-15.6 m females


Range: 11,300-16,200 kg


Anderson, 1879.  Anatomical and Zoological Researches: comprising an account of the zoological results of the two expeditions to the Western Yunnan in 1868 and 1875. p. 551, pl. 44.


Mammal Species of the World (opens in a new window).

Distribution of Balaenoptera edeni

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Balaenoptera edeni baleen (shown with B. borealis baleen)
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