Bryde's Whale

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Bryde's Whales
Size comparison against an average human
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Eutheria
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Mysticeti
Family: Balaenoptiidae
Genus: Balaenoptera
Species: B. brydei
B. edeni
Binomial name
Balaenoptera brydei
Olsen, 1913
Balaenoptera edeni
Anderson, 1879

The Bryde's Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) is a baleen whale.[1] The whale can grow from 12.5 m (41 ft) to 14 m (46 ft) long and a weight of 16–18.5 tonnes, with the female larger than the male.[2] There has often been confusion between the Sei whale and the Bryde's whale as they look alike and are the same size.[1] Bryde's whale is unique in having three long ridges on its head that go from between the eyes towards the blowhole. All other rorquals have just one. The Bryde's whales skin varies from black to dark grey.[1]

The whale was named after Johan Bryde, who built South Africa's first factory to process whales.[1] They are found in tropical and sub-tropical waters.[3] There seem to be several different types of Bryde's whales, but it has not yet been decided if they are different species, or a sub-species.[3]

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