Long, Yearly Journey Begins for Gray Whales

Last Updated: December 3, 2012 by
Categories: Mexico

Close-up of Grey Whale Nostrils and BackGray whales began their yearly trek southward over the past few weeks, after spending summer months feeding in icy arctic waters.

Mottled gray with tiny bumps called knuckles, whales in the eastern North Pacific population have one of the longest migrations of any mammal, according to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

After making their way south past Southern California to Baja, Mexico, females give birth in lagoons and bays before their return trip.

The whales are farther from shore on their way down the coast this year, making them harder to spot, said Monica DeAngelis, a marine mammal biologist with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.

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