Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni)
Group formation: Solitary (mother-calf pair or larger feeding groups up to 20)
Size: males 12-15m, females 12-16m, calf 4m
Weight: ca 40tons, calf 1ton
Sexual maturity: 8-11 yrs
Gestation: 11-12mths, with 2 yrs in between
Weaning: 6-7 months
Diet: Fish, planktonic crustaceans, and cephalopods.
Predators: killer whales, sharks, especially cookie cutter sharks.
Distribution: Worldwide within highly productive tropical, subtropical and warm temperate waters in all oceans from 40° South to 40° North, they do not migrate.
Raja Ampat: might be a local population but this is not confirmed yet.
Population size: global ca. 90.000 – 100.000
Conservation Status: Data Deficient ver 3.1, Pop. trend: unknown
Threats: Vessel collisions, whaling (Japan, Indonesia, Philippines), chemical and plastic pollution, man-made noise impacts (seismic surveys, military sonar), entanglement in fishing gear, over fishing.