Animal Size

Bryde’s whale size: How big do they get?

How big does a Bryde’s whale get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni) reaches an average size of 13.85 meter (45′ 6″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). Usually, they reach an age of 72 years. A full-grown exemplary reaches roughly 20000 kg (44092.4 lbs). The Bryde’s whale (genus: Balaenoptera) is a member of the family Balaenopteridae.

As a reference: Humans reach an average body size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) while carrying 62 kg (137 lbs). A human woman is pregnant for 280 days (40 weeks) and on average become 75 years old.

The average adult size of a Bryde's whale is  (45' 6

Bryde’s whale ( BRUU-dəz), or the Bryde’s whale complex, 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. And 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 thought to be 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 names 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 that were different from B.edeni, and it is unclear whether Sittang whales were applied for later-classified Omura’s whales by locals.

Animals of the same family as a Bryde’s whale

We found other animals of the Balaenopteridae family:

Animals with the same size as a Bryde’s whale

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Bryde’s whale:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Bryde’s whale

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Bryde’s whale:

Animals with the same weight as a Bryde’s whale

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Balaenoptera edeni: