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Eden's Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Balaenoptera edeni
Family Name:
Balaenopteridae
Size:
37.9-47.6 feet
Weight:
12-20 tons
Color:
gray dorsally and white ventrally
Life Span:
50-70 years
Diet:
schooling fish and krill
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Eden's Whale

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Eden's Whale Description
  may be confused with sei whales, minke whales and even fin whales. However there is one important difference, Bryde's whales have three parallel ridges on their heads where the others have only two. Their slender bodies are smoky grey in colour which may seem brown in some lights. They are often mottled and slightly scarred and their undersides (bellies) are light purple, grey-blue or creamy-grey. Bryde's whales have between 40 and 70 throat pleats which allow their mouths to expand when they are feeding. Their dorsal fins are erect and hooked, with a pointed tip, their tail flukes are broad with a distinct middle notch, and their flippers are slender and relatively short, approximately one tenth of their body length. Offshore Bryde's whales are larger than those that live near the coast and have larger baleen and more scars too.  
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