Baleen Whales of the Tropics

Byrde’s whales are members of the roqual family of whales along with blue and humpback whales. They have baleen instead of hard teeth, filtering nearly 1,500 pounds of krill, shrimp, copepods, and tiny fish as food every day. These long, slim species can be found in tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate waters around the world, specifically between 40 degrees south and 40 degrees north of the equator. Some of their populations migrate according to the seasons while other populations are considered resident, meaning they do not migrate.

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