Balaenoptera edeni   Anderson,  1878 (Whale)
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Class: Mammalia

Size: Male: 14 m; Female: 15.6 m

Weight: 17 tons

Color: Bryde's whales are generally dark grey above. The throat and chin have some white in them. Some individuals have regions of light grey on each side, forward from the dorsal fin.

Bryde's whales closely resemble sei whales Balaenoptera borealis (q.v.). The heads of the two species are similar in profile and general appearance at a distance. Most Bryde's whales have three prominent ridges on the head, ahead of the blowholes-one medial, and one on each side from the area adjacent to the blowholes towards the tip of the snout. When present, the three ridges are characteristic of the species.

The dorsal fin is up to 46 cm tall, sickle-shaped and pointed. It is located about one-third of the body length forward from the tail fluke notch. The baleen plates number 250 to 370 and are slate-grey. They are 42 cm long and 24 cm wide. The bristles on the plates are usually light grey, sometimes fine and white, sometimes black.

The movements of this whale are said to be fish-like and jerky. The sei whale, with which it can be easily confused, normally moves sedately.

Synonym (s)
Balaenoptera brydei Olsen, 1913
Baloenoptera brydei Cadenat, 1957

Common Name (s)
• Tropical Whale (English)
• Piked Whale (English)
• Bryde's Whale (English)
• Coastal Form Bryde's Whale (English)
• Eden's Whale (English)
• Kochi Whale (English)
• Large Form Bryde's Whale (English)
• Offshore Bryde's Whale (English)
• Ordinary Bryde's Whale (English)
• Pygmy Bryde's Whale (English)
• Sittang Whale (English)
• Small Form Bryde's Whale (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Open Sea, Coastal
Prey:  Fish and crustaceans
IUCN Status:  Data Deficient


• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Bay of Bengal
• Kerala, Kozhikode INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi INDIA (Record: 20/02/1983)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA (Record: 08/08/2006)
• INDIA (Record: 1800-2000)

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