The creature, although it resembles an alien being you might see featured in a science-fiction movie, was identified by Eduardo Acevedo as a Bryde’s whale. Acevedo’s extraordinary photographs reveal the gargantuan mammal just as it has ingested practically an entire school of bait fish.
Stunning: A Vancouver photographer has captured a rare glimpse of a Bryde's whale breaching! They're known for their tendency to change direction "for no known reason," which is sort of awesome. Indecisive whales, how cool is that?
Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera brydei) | Bryde's whales are baleen whales, the "great whales" or rorquals. They prefer tropical and temperate waters over the polar seas that other whales in their family frequent. They are largely coastal rather than pelagic. Bryde's whales are very similar in appearance to sei whales and almost as large. This species has a circumglobal distribution and is found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.
An estimated population of 30 to 35 Bryde's whales are commonly seen along the upper Gulf of Thailand coastlines between March and October. The Bryde's whale is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which prohibits international trade of any parts of the animal.