The Dapeng New Area Government has formed an ad hoc working group consisting of various departments, marine experts and environmental volunteers to make all-out efforts to protect a Balaenoptera brydei, commonly known as Bryde’s whale. The whale has been roaming around in the Dapeng Bay area over the past week since it was first sighted by locals near the coast Tuesday.
The whale is an 8-meter-long young Bryde’s whale, which is seen in a “very natural and healthy condition,” playing, swimming and foraging in the waters, according to Liao Baolin, a senior engineer in marine environmental protection of the Guangdong Ocean University Shenzhen Research Institute.
Bryde’s whales, mainly found in tropical and subtropical waters, are marked by three ridges in front of their blowhole, a dark grey back and a white or pink abdomen. It is listed as a Grade 1 protected animal by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.