On the 10th of July at least one adult individual (although most probably another 2 or 3 whales were roaming around) was spotted about 20 km off Shalatin. The whale was coming out of the water almost vertically, allowing the researchers to take a clear and valuable shot of the whale’s head, which is the most distinctive external characteristic. The presence of three prominent ridges on the rostrum, running from just behind the tip of the snout to anterior of the blowholes, is what distinguishes the Bryde’s whales from other whales. Bryde’s whales feed mainly on pelagic schooling fish such as pilchard, anchovy, sardine, mackerel and herring as well as small crustaceans. They surface vertically with mouth agape taking a large mouthful of food and water, expanding their throat and dislocating the lower jaw from the upper jaw. The tongue then pushes the water out through gaps between the baleen plates trapping their prey on the inside fringed edge of the baleens. It is not clear in this case, if the whale was feeding as the mouth was closed when surfacing.
Six days later the same individual (photo-identified) was sighted again, travelling close to Abu Fandira, an offshore reef South of Shalatin, 25km away from the closest point ashore.