Bryde’s Whale

Bryde's whale swimming in the ocean.

About The Species

Bryde's (pronounced "broodus") whales are members of the baleen whale family and are considered one of the "great whales" or rorquals. They are found in tropical and warm temperate oceans (Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific) around the world.

Like all marine mammals, Bryde’s whales are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Gulf of Mexico subspecies is proposed to be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting the Bryde’s whale. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

Learn more about the Bryde’s whale

Status

ESA Proposed - Endangered

in 1 subspecies

  • Gulf of Mexico subspecies
CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

MMPA Protected

throughout its range

Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Cetacea
Family
Balaenopteridae
Genus
Balaenoptera
Species
edeni