Why we care: The Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale population is estimated at 33 individuals and very little is known about this species. There is a critical lack of information on Bryde’s whale trophic ecology and habitat requirements limits the ability to plan restoration activities and adequately plan for … Endangered Species Status Can't Come Soon Enough for Gulf of Mexico Bryde's Whale, by Giulia Good Stefani, April 2016 NRDC Petitions to List Endangered Gulf Whale , by Michael Jasny, September 2014 The Bryde’s whale, which is the Gulf of Mexico’s only year-round baleen whale, is being considered for an endangered species listing. The brydes whale is a very large whale and it isn't documented exactly how much they eat. A unique group of whales native to the Gulf of Mexico is one step closer to Endangered Species Act protections. The nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, first petitioned the federal government to give the Bryde’s whale endangered status in 2014. Sei whales inhabit all oceans and adjoining seas except in tropical and polar regions. It did not take long for whalers to decimate species after species, starting with the largest and working their way down the list, to “commercial extinction” (the point at which it is … There are a number of factors contributing to the current endangered status of whales such as overfishing, pollution, dam/bridge construction, private/commercial boating and commercial whaling, but out of these contributing factors commercial whaling has had the largest affect on the endangered status of today’s existing whale … PRIOR COVERAGE: "Weirdest whale" found in Gulf of Mexico, may need endangered species protection. As such, the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale population is currently being evaluated for potential listing as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The sei whale is one of the fastest whales, reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. NOAA: Bryde's whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered Federal scientists say a tiny group of whales in the Gulf of Mexico is endangered, with threats including oil and gas exploration and development The Bryde’s whale … Like other great whales, they prefer to spend the summer feeding in cooler waters before migrating to warmer waters to breed and give birth to their calves. In order to maintain their diet these marine mammals are found in areas that have abundant supplies of food. Fast-swimming Balaenoptera species, such as the rorquals (blue, fin, sei, Bryde’s and minke whales) were now within the realm of commercial whalers. In relation to Bryde’s whales across the globe, the federal government recognized that the Gulf of Mexico subspecies is susceptible … The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today released its proposed listing for the Bryde’s (pronounced BROO-dus) whale, saying, “we believe that the species faces a high risk of extinction.”. This project will gather and share information on how this small, resident population of whales relies on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico food web and will provide critical …