Bryde’s Whales off of Bangkok

Coke Smith just sent me this excellent account of a trip to see Bryde’s Whales off of Bangkok. This is quite a hard species to see in many places and I had no idea they were in Thailand. Absolutely awesome pictures too.

Jon

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4 Comments on “Bryde’s Whales off of Bangkok”

  1. mattinidaho Says:

    Coke, fantastic report and photos! My understanding was always that Bryde’s whales were extremely difficult to photograph.

    Matt

  2. vdinets Says:

    Great photos! Are they present year-round? Also, which ones are they? The species is being split into B. brydei and B. edeni.

  3. PandaSmith Says:

    Thanks! These are B. edeni – the ridges on the rostrum are one of the key characters for the different species. Evidently they are there year round although they do seem to “disappear” for a couple months. They believe they are still in the Gulf of Siam – just a bit further south and the whale charters cannot find them. But they do seem to be residents. I have spotted Bryde’s whales a couple other times off southern Africa and good images were next to impossible, but the schoals of anchovies in the Gulf evidently allow them to exhibit this outstanding lunge-feeding behavior on a near daily basis. Although we were lucky to have such an outstanding day this was by no means unique, according to our guide.

    • vdinets Says:

      AFAIK, both brydei and edeni have the three ridges (unlike all other whales). The ways to differentiate between the two are not well worked out yet, except that edeni is smaller.


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