Named after Johan Bryde, a Norwegian who built the first whaling stations in South Africa and is considered one of the “great whales, ” a group that includes blue and humpback whales. They are poorly understood, and data about their population and their whereabouts is limited; thus, they have been assessed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red list.
Apparent threats to this species include whaling practices (legal and illegal), collisions with ships, and the yet-unknown effects of human-triggered activities, which have caused the beaching and deaths of whales and other oceanic animals. As a conservational measurement, all Bryde’s whales are now being protected under Marine Mammal Protection Act.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No