The Bryde’s Whale are one of the baleen whales that can been seen here in the Azores. These whales have a very unique characteristic, because on their head they have 3 parallel ridges instead of one like the other whales, which makes easier to distinguish from the other whales. Another way to distinguish them, is that they often arch their tails before a dive.


Bryde’s whale, mother and her cute new born 🙂


They have about 15-16.5 m in length, the female being larger than the males. The Bryde’s Whale feed on schooling fishes, krill, squids and planktonic crustaceans.

Another difference with the other baleen whales is that they don’t do long migrations, and so, they feed all year round and spends the whole year in tropical and subtropical waters.

Baby Bryde’s whale next to mommy.




So if you want to see these whales, come visit Terra Azul between May and October!

Vanessa Costa

About Vanessa Costa

Vanessa is a Marine Biologist and Guide at TERRA AZUL since 2017. Joined recently, for now she is in training and enjoying being out in the ocean with Wildlife accompanying our visitors. Soon she'll be ready to educate Humans, and collect data for MONICET – The Azores Islands Cetaceans Research & Conservation long-term monitoring project.

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