Mysterious and often solitary, Bryde's whales frequent the Dyer Island area throughout the year, with most sightings occuring during the summer months.
Conservation status: Vunerable.
The brydes whale is a deep diving animal, typically enjoying a diet of pilchard, mackerel, shrimp, crabs, and in some cases even octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. Overfishing has lead to pressure on the Brydes Whale population of South Africa, causing them to be reclassified as a vulnerable species.
These deep diving animals are hard to spot and difficult to interact with, usually only surfacing 3 times before diving for upwards of 20 minutes. Their movements are also often unpredictable, so quick reaction times are a must!
Frequently Asked Questions
Whale Spotter Kira Matiwane gives us an insight into the brydes whale.
Q: “How big do these whales get?”
A: Brydes Whales may reach a size of up to 14m.
Q: “What do you look for when trying to spot the Brydes Whale?”
A: The Spout of the whale, Whale Footprints – a round patch caused by the tail- and diving birds which might indicate fish.
Fun Fact: Brydes whale's are named after the Norwegian Whaler, Johan Brydes. Brydes came to South Africa to set up the first modern whaling stations in South Africa.