Bryde's whale with a diver

A hungry Bryde’s whale attacking a shoal of sardines, packed into a giant ball formation in a desperate defence against predators, under a fishing boat in Baja California. Photographer Doug Perrine

Bryde's whale

Bryde’s whaleBryde’s whales tend to live in tropical or sub-tropical seas. Their numbers are unknown, although environmental groups estimate global populations at 40,000 – 90,000.Japan now catches up to 50 each year. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society says that as Bryde’s whales have only recently been commercially exploited they are not considered a species under threat.Bryde's whale Bryde's whale on Earth