Species Details

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Scientific Name : Balaenoptera edeni
Family : Balaenopteridae
Order : Cetartiodactyla
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Tropical Whale, Common Bryde’s Whale, Eden’s Whale, Pygmy Bryde’s Whale, Bryde’s Whale Complex.
Habitat : Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic.
Description : Bryde's whale is a species of baleen whale found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. It is named after Johan Bryde, a Norwegian who helped establish the first modern whaling station in South Africa in the early 20th century.

Bryde's whales are relatively large, with adults measuring up to 14 meters in length and weighing up to 40 tons. They have a streamlined body shape, with a pointed snout, slender flippers, and a relatively small dorsal fin. Their skin is dark gray or black with white or light gray patches on their lower jaw and belly.

Bryde's whales are known for their diving abilities, and can stay submerged for up to 20 minutes at a time. They primarily feed on small fish, krill, and plankton, using baleen plates in their mouths to filter food from the water. They are also known to follow fishing boats and take advantage of discarded catch.

Bryde's whales are generally solitary or found in small groups of two or three individuals, although larger groups have been reported. They are primarily active during the day, and communicate with each other using a range of vocalizations, including clicks, whistles, and moans.
Bryde's whales have been known to live for up to 50 years in the wild, although their lifespan may be shorter in areas where they are heavily hunted.

Bryde's whales are known to hybridize with other species of baleen whales, such as the sei whale and the blue whale.

While some populations of Bryde's whales are year-round residents of specific areas, others undertake seasonal migrations between feeding and breeding grounds.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:wikipedia,iucnredlist.org; photo credit: chris buelow (www.inaturalist.org/people/beavisnail), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.