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Gray Whales' Remarkable Migration


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JL
- 483 days ago - worldwildlife.org
Sightings along the west coast are a stark reminder of threats to the whale's Arctic feeding grounds



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JL A. (274)
Friday March 15, 2013, 12:05 pm

Gray Whales' Remarkable Migration
Sightings along the west coast are a stark reminder of threats to the whale's Arctic feeding grounds
Gray whale watching© Timothy Sharpe / WWF-US

Winter and spring offer opportunities to see both northern and southern migrating gray whales along the west coast.

Date: March 05, 2013

Gray whales migrate more than 10,000 miles roundtrip each year—the longest for any mammal on Earth. Each winter and spring, their spectacular migration between northern feeding grounds and southern nursery areas offers amazing opportunities for whale watchers along the west coast. Gray whales have even earned the nickname of "friendly ones," as they have an unusual tendency to approach whale watching boats and check out the occupants.

This past January, whale watchers in southern California spotted between 20 to 25 gray whales together—reportedly the largest pod ever seen off the California coast in at least thirty years. The pod of whales was part of the "tail" end of a southern migration to the warm waters of Baja California, Mexico—a winter sanctuary where they give birth to their calves.

By February, some whales are already beginning their northbound migration, back to feeding grounds near Alaska. Whale watchers may see both northbound and southbound whales this time of year. By late spring, all whales are heading north, many with their new babies.

Once they reach the cold Arctic waters, it’s time to eat. The whales feed continuously to put on enough weight for their eventual journey south and to last through the winter—as much as 2400 pounds of food a day. That trip south begins in October for some, with the majority heading down in November.
Working for whale survival

The Arctic feeding grounds of the gray whale are critical to their survival, as they must eat enough to sustain them until they return the next year.

WWF is working to ensure that the gray whale’s Arctic habitat remains protected. Disturbances such as noise from oil and gas exploration can interfere with their ability to get enough to eat. WWF and its partners have been pushing for stricter environmental standards to protect the habitat of these amazing animals.

Learn more about our work with gray whales.
 

Christeen Anderson (466)
Friday March 15, 2013, 12:30 pm
Thanks for this very informative article.
 

JL A. (274)
Friday March 15, 2013, 12:39 pm
You are welcome Christeen.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 15, 2013, 1:38 pm

They are spectacular to see, there is nothing quite like seeing them as splash and seem to put on a show. Though one warning - things do get stinky out there.
 

JL A. (274)
Friday March 15, 2013, 1:55 pm
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Holly Lawrence (473)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:23 pm
Such a migration! The n umbers are encouraging- such good nerws! We've been fortunate to spot 7 greys this year so far and we wanted to just jumpinto the water and hug them! Thanks, JL!
 

JL A. (274)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:25 pm
You are welcome Holly. You cannot currently send a star to Holly because you have done so within the last day.
 

Terry V. (30)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:28 pm
THANKS!!!
 

Carol D. (104)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:33 pm
Thanks to WWF for helping to protect them and their habitat


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JL A. (274)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:54 pm
You are welcome Terry and Carol!
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Petra M. (254)
Friday March 15, 2013, 3:11 pm
Thanks so much, JL...
 

JL A. (274)
Friday March 15, 2013, 3:13 pm
You are welcome Petra.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Friday March 15, 2013, 4:04 pm
Lucky Holly! That must be uniquely awesome. Let'a all hope their Arctic feeding grounds will not turn into an oil pan. thx JL
 

JL A. (274)
Friday March 15, 2013, 4:05 pm
You are welcome Angelika. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
 

Ruth AWAY M. (252)
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:09 pm
Gray whales are fantastic !thanks JL
 

Erin R. (170)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:18 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

JL A. (274)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:23 pm
You are welcome Erin.
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:44 am
There's still a lot we've got to learn and respect
 

TERRY R. (282)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:07 am
NATURE'S FINEST.
 

Birgitta S. (221)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:14 am
THANK YOU FOR THIS :-))
 

Kelly Davis-steel (48)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:01 am
thanks
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (377)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:20 am
Their habitat must be protected, we can't be continuing to lose so many of our beautiful animals!
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7:44 am
You are welcome Bee and Kelly.
 

Kay M. (354)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:21 am
thanks.
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:21 am
You are welcome Kay.
 

Nils Anders Lunde (526)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:35 am
Thank you :-)
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:47 am
You are welcome Nils
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 12:58 pm
Noted & posted. Krill is the latest fad in the health food industry. I won't use it because many marine species depend on it for sustenance. Such magnificent and intelligent animals deserve to be healthy.
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:02 pm
Whales.... Love them!
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:08 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Theodore because you have done so within the last day.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 7:56 pm
Noted
 
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