Galapagos whale watching is optimal in the cool and dry season between June and December. During this period the cold Humboldt current arrives from the Antarctic, full of rich nutrients. The perfect whale feeding grounds
The only member of its kind to congregate year-round in the tropical waters around the equator, Bryde’s Whales come to the Galapagos Islands in search of schools of fish, plankton, and krill that thrive in the nutrient waters of the islands.
They are curious and inquisitive creatures, and sometimes approach boats in the open waters. Galapagos Bryde’s Whales can also be elusive, sharply changing direction on the ocean’s surface. When feeding, they dive for about two minutes at a time, signaled by a rapid succession of spouts of air before submerging below the water.
The baleen whale is fast swimming, with ridges on the top of its head and up to seventy pleats on its throat; allowing the mammal to expand its mouth when feeding. Bryde’s whales usually travel alone, recognized by their distinctive dorsal fins, short flippers, and blue-grey color. They are found both in the sea from boats and off the shores of the Galapagos.
Bryde's whales are still being studied by scientists worldwide, and it’s currently unknown how many different kinds of species exist in the planet’s oceans. Two to three are currently recognized, and ongoing research is underway to identify other types of creatures around the globe.
Contact us for a FREE GALAPAGOS TOUR QUOTE, or assistance to organise your Galapagos vacation. To spot humpback whales at Galapagos we recommend a cruise itinerary that includes the Bolivar Channel between Fernandina and Isabela islands. A Galapagos Scuba Dive Cruise is another great alternative.