Bryde’s Whales have been known, on the rare occasion, to be inquisitive enough to approach boats and circle them or swim alongside them. When these whales breach, there entire bodies can be lifted out of the water, providing a spectacular display of their strength, agility and sheer beauty.
The Bryde’s Whale often dives for up to eight minutes (although it is technically capable of longer periods), but usually stays beneath the water’s surface for an average of two minutes.
These creatures are happy to live on their own or with one other whale. However, pods of up to seven individuals are not unusual.
Where to Find Them
The Bryde’s Whale is found in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters across the central strip of the globe’s oceans. They prefer warm water currents and are, therefore, found mainly off the coasts of Japan, South Africa, Fiji, Western Australia and Sri Lanka.
As baleen whales, this species feeds on tiny fish and krill, or plankton. It does not hunt larger species as it does not have teeth with which to seize and grip them, but uses massive sieve-like structures in its mouth to capture its food.
Fishing is a potential threat to the Bryde’s Whale, since nets and other fishing equipment can cause major damage and even drowning. That having been said, there remains no report of this actually happening as yet. Whalers have hunted Bryde’s Whales, but not excessively. Still, it is the human influence that presents the largest threat to their lives.
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