Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale


Bryde's whale

Bryde's whale or the Bryde's whale complex (/bruːdə/brew-də) putatively comprises two species of rorqual and maybe three. The "complex" means the number and classification remains unclear because of a lack of definitive information and research. The common Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera brydei, Olsen, 1913) is a larger form that occurs worldwide in warm temperate and tropical waters, and the Sittang or Eden's whale (B. edeni, Anderson, 1879) is a smaller form that may be restricted to the Indo-Pacific.

Bryde's Whale

Also, a smaller, coastal form of B. brydei is found off southern Africa, and perhaps another form in the Indo-Pacific differs in skull morphology, tentatively referred to as the Indo-Pacific Bryde's whale. The recently described Omura's whale (B. omurai, Wada et al. 2003), was formerly considered a "pygmy" form of Bryde's, but is now recognized as a distinct species.

B. brydei gets its specific and common name from Johan Bryde, Norwegian consul to South Africa who helped establish the first modern whaling station in the country, while B. edeni gets its specific and common name from Sir Ashley Eden, former High Commissioner of Burma (Myanmar). Sittang whale refers to the type locality of the species. In Thailand, locals distinguished Sittang whales different from B.edeni, and it is unclear whether Sittang whales were applied for later classified Omura's whales by locals.

Bryde's Whale

Members of the Bryde's whale complex are moderately sized rorquals, falling behind sei whales, but being larger than Omura's whale and the relatively small minke whales. The largest measured by Olsen (1913) was a 14.95 m female caught off Durban in November 1912, while the longest of each sex measured by Best (1977) at the Donkergat whaling station in Saldanha Bay, South Africa, were a 15.51 m female caught in October 1962 and a 14.56 m male caught in April 1963; both were the offshore form.

At physical maturity, the coastal form off South Africa averages 13.1 m for males and 13.7 m for females, while the South Africa offshore form averages 13.7 and 14.4 m. The coastal form near Japan is slightly smaller, with adult males averaging 12.9 m and adult females 13.3 m.

At sexual maturity, males average 11.9 m and females 12 m near Japan. Sexual maturity is reached at 8–11 years for both sexes in the offshore form off South Africa. At birth, they are 3.95–4.15 m. The body mass of Bryde's whales can range 12–25 metric tons.

Bryde's Whale
Bryde's whale range


Bryde's whale is a baleen whale, more specifically a rorqual belonging to the same group as blue whales and humpback whales. It has twin blowholes with a low splashguard to the front. Like other rorquals, it has no teeth, but has two rows of baleen plates.

Bryde's whales closely resemble their close relative the sei whale. They are remarkably elongated (even more so than fin whales), with the greatest height of the body being one-seventh their total length – compared to 1/6.5 to 1/6.75 in fin whales and only 1/5.5 in sei whales. Bryde's are dark smoky grey dorsally and usually white ventrally, whereas sei whales are often a galvanized blue-grey dorsally and have a variably sized white patch on the throat, a posteriorly oriented white anchor-shaped marking between the pectoral fins, and are blue-grey beyond the anus – although Bryde's off South Africa can have a similar irregular white patch on the throat.

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Bryde's have a straight rostrum with three longitudinal ridges that extend from the blowholes, where the auxiliary ridges begin as depressions, to the tip of the rostrum. The sei whale, like other rorquals, has a single median ridge, as well as a slightly arched rostrum, which is accentuated at the tip. Bryde's usually have dark grey lower jaws, whereas sei whales are lighter grey. Bryde's have 250–370 pairs of short, slate grey baleen plates with long, coarse, lighter grey or white bristles that are 40 cm long by 20 cm wide, while sei whales have longer, black or dark grey baleen plates with short, curling, wool-like bristles.

The 40 to 70 ventral pleats extend to or past the umbilicus, occupying about 58% and 57% of the total length, respectively; sei whales, though, have ventral pleats that extend only halfway between the pectoral fins and umbilicus, occupying only 45-47% of the total body length, whereas their umbilicus is usually 52% of the total body length. Both species are often covered with white or pink oval scars caused by bites from cookie-cutter sharks.

Bryde's whales have an upright, falcate dorsal fin that is up to 46.25 cm in height, averages 34.4 cm, and is usually between 30 and 37.5 cm. It is often frayed or ragged along its rear margin and located about two-thirds of the way along the back. The broad, centrally notched tail flukes rarely break the surface. The flippers are small and slender.

Their blow is columnar or bushy, about 3.0–4.0 m high. Sometimes, they blow or exhale while under water. Bryde's whales display seemingly erratic behaviour compared to other baleens, because they surface at irregular intervals and can change directions for unknown reasons.

They usually appear individually or in pairs, and occasionally in loose aggregations up to 20 animals around feeding areas. They are more active on water surface than sei whales, and this tendency becomes even stronger in coastal form.

They regularly dive for about 5–15 minutes (maximum of 20 minutes) after four to seven blows. Bryde's whales are capable of reaching depths down to 300 m. When submerging, these whales do not display their flukes. Bryde's whales commonly swim at 1.6–6.4 km/h, but can reach 19–24 km/h. They sometimes generate short (0.4 seconds) powerful, low frequency vocalizations that resemble a human moan.

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Saturday 26th of November 2016 and my alarm went of at 4 thirty. Not long after there was a line message from my friend and his wife. We will meet at Sukhumvit Soi 66/1 at 6 o'clock. I arrived at 5 thirty, a little early but I wanted to make sure to make it in time for the whale watching. And you really never know how long you have to wait until you find a taxi, so better safe than sorry. My friends arrived twenty minutes after 5.

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
On my way in a taxi

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
My friends arrives

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
On our way

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
The boat is waiting for us when we arrive to Krua Baan Pramong

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfishers at Krua Baan Pramong

Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfishers at Krua Baan Pramong

It took us about one hour to get to the Krua Baan Pramong (Kitchen House Pramong) where the boat will leave from. It was a beautiful drive and I was very happy with the driver. Not one of those Formula One taxi drivers. I come up to the restaurant and I spotted a Kingfisher first thing. Turned out that it was a couple and they had a nest under the restaurant.


The whale watching boat was leaving at 8 thirty so we had about one hour to kill at Krua Baan Pramong. I took a tour to look for birds. My friend went to buy a hat as he could not find his cap this morning. Protection from the sun is needed when you're on the high seas.

There was a small shop a few minutes' walk away and my friends went to look for the hat while I stayed behind keeping an eye out for the Kingfishers.

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
The go to buy a hat

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
I stay behind watching birds from the restaurant - Krua Baan Pramong

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
What the duck? I thought it was J.R. Ewing coming down the road
The didn't had any hats, but they were kind enough and he could borrow the hat until we were back from the whale watching

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Waiting for the departure

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
We're on board

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
We're on board

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Casting off taking off for the deep sea

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Ready for the deep sea

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Information meeting at departure

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Information meeting at departure

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Information meeting at departure

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Information meeting at departure

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Information meeting at departure

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Krua Baan Pramong and Moo Ban Pramong behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Moo Ban Pramong

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Little Cormorant enjoying the sunshine

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Passing a temple

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Looking for whales

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Looking for whales

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Looking for whales

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
We were up early this morning

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Lunch

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Lunch

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Lunch

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
We see our first Bryde's whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Garbage and an Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Back at Moo Ban Pramong

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Great Egret

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Back at Moo Ban Pramong

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Coming ashore at Krua Baan Pramong

Coming back to the Moo Ban Pramong after about 9 hours and I had burned myself in the sun. I made a mental not to bring sun cream tomorrow. Coming back and the river was full of diesel and Gulf of Thailandit was a very bad smell. Gulf of Thailand full of garbage. Actually, it was scary to see all the shit floating around.

The river is of course full of garbage and oil and God knows what. And there were plenty birds in the river, I'm sure they have a healthy diet.

I told me fellow Thai passengers that it was their duty to fight for a clean environment, if not for them self, for their children. But then again, they are risking to get shot if they complain. I told them that and they were just smiling, they knew what I was talking about. How many people fighting for the environment have disappeared here in Thailand during the years?

It had been a lovely day. We had been maybe 20 people on board, me and my friends and a Thai family. They had been swimming with the humpbacks on Tonga back in August so I asked them a few questions preparing myself for my upcoming trip to Tonga.

They had been around the world on safaris so the time passed very quickly while we were talking about leopards etc. we were soon back in the van bound for Bangkok and I will go to bed when I come home as I'm off to do this trip tomorrow again.

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
In the van going back to Bangkok

We stopped to return the hat my friend had borrowed and I was home 2 hours after we left Krua Baan Pramong. So it is not far away from Bangkok. And the 2 hours include a stop at Lawson 108 to buy Pepsi Max. We remember that I had asked them to prepare a case for me that I can bring with me to Sunderban.

They had a case for me, but no paper box. They had to empty a box of potato chips and we put the Pepsi MAX in the empty paper box. No tape and no string so I asked them to keep it until tomorrow and I will buy some string to use as handle.

I will be back after tomorrow’s whale watching, and as I know this will be a long story I can as well make the PEPSI MAX STORY

Pepsi Max Story
Pepsi Max Story
Pepsi Max Story
I stop at Lawson 108

Pepsi Max Story
I get a case of Pepsi MAX

Pepsi Max Story
We find a paper box, but no tape or string

Pepsi Max Story
We find a paper box, but no tape or string So I have to come back tomorrow

Pepsi Max Story
Pepsi Max Story

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Sunday 27th of November 2016
and I arrived to Sukhumvit Soi 66/1 just before 6 o'clock in the morning. We will be going in 2 vans today as the whale watching tour.

I chose the red van, we used this van yesterday and it was the same driver today. So the Wild Encounter Thailandchoice was obvious as he was driving very good. We left Sukhumvit Road 20 minutes before 7 and we were soon on the elevated highway.

I was up front sucking on a bottle of Pepsi MAX and I had a few more bottles in my back pack. Some bread and a bottle of sun protection, so I was ready for some Bryde's whale action with Wild life encounter Thailand. And I was quite excited to get on the boat again!

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
We use 2 vans today

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
We use 2 vans today

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Leaving Bangkok behind

We arrive to Krua Baan Pramong at Moo Ban Pramong after about an hour. I went to look for the Collared Kingfisher couple first thing but there was no sign of the birds. Today there were several groups of people going with us. Yesterday it was my friends and the Thai family of 10 to 15 people. Yesterday it was like we were one group going, talking and mingling on the boat.

Of course, it will be different today with so many different groups. Well, never mind, we're here to see Bryde's whales so let the adventure begin. We boarded the boat and I took a seat on top deck as it was full down below. And I was really happy that I had brought the sun cream.

We left Krua Baan Pramong and Moo Ban Pramong behind and it didn't tale long before we ran in to Sea sickchoppy sea. It didn't take long before the top deck was full of people suffering from motion sickness laying down on the blankets on deck.

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Boarding the boat

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Boarding the boat

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Boarding the boat

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Time to leave Krua Baan Pramong and Moo Ban Pramong behind

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Little Cormorant

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Bangkok from Gulf of Thailand

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Sea sick

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Top deck full of sea sick people

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Not all of the passengers are sea sick

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Not all of the passengers are sea sick

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Not all of the passengers are sea sick

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Not all of the passengers are sea sick

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Not all of the passengers are sea sick

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Looking for whales

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
Common Tern

Wild Encounter Thailand - Whale watching - Bryde's Whale
No whales and the enthusiasm from this morning had worn off

We didn't see any whales today, 9 hours and only a dolphin in the horizon. Well, I will have another tour with my friends tomorrow so I have a new chance tomorrow. We were soon back in Bangkok and I stopped at Lawson 108 to pick up my case of Pepsi MAX. I had brought a string for the box so now I will be able to prepare the case to be carried home. And also prepared for flight TG 313 to Calcutta and my road trip to Sundarbans.

Pepsi Max Story
Pepsi Max Story
Pepsi Max Story
I stop at Lawson 108

Pepsi Max Story
I get a case of Pepsi MAX

Pepsi Max Story
We find a paper box, but no tape or string

Pepsi Max Story
We find a paper box, but no tape or string So I have to come back tomorrow

I'm back with a string after my second whale watching and now the box is ready to bring home.
And more important, it is ready to be checked in to flight TG 313 to Calcutta.

Pepsi Max Story
Preparing my box

Pepsi Max Story
Preparing my box

Pepsi Max Story
On my kitchen floor, flight TG 313 next

Pepsi Max Story
Pepsi Max Story

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Monday 28th of November 2016
and my friend called me at 6 o'clock, the whale watching was cancelled due to strong winds. So we went to have breakfast with his son before he drove me to the hospital on Thong Lor so I can check-up on my knee.

Pak Bakery in Bangkok
At Pak Bakery

Pak Bakery in Bangkok
At Pak Bakery

I was disappointed with the cancelled whale watching. I called my taxi driver and he will come to pick me up at 06:00 tomorrow morning and we will go to Moo Ban Pramong for some birding. Maybe I will see the Collared Kingfisher couple again. You just need to click HERE to find out.

I will soon be on Tonga to swim with the Humpback whales


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