Petition to List the Gulf of Mexico's Bryde's Whale as an Endangered Species

Legal Filings
September 17, 2014

The small, resident population of Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni) in the Gulf of Mexico is a unique subspecies with fewer than 50 animals. The population faces a suite of potential threats in the Gulf’s industrialized waters, along with the population’s extremely small abundance, low genetic diversity, apparently limited range, and exposure to numerous anthropogenic threats, leave it highly vulnerable to extinction. The Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale qualifies as a distinct population segment and, given its vulnerability, must be listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.