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Bryde's whale

Bryde's whales are found mainly in tropical or subtropical seas. They were long confused with sei whales. There are no agreed estimates, although there are thought to be about around 25,000 in the western North Pacific.

They were only exploited in any numbers towards the end of the commercial whaling period in the early 1980s just before the moratorium came into place. Japan's scientific whaling programme will take up to 50 Bryde's whales a year in the western North Pacific.

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