Wow! so far this January we enjoying the best Whale sighting in 4 years. Lots of groups and in close to the kelp beds. Many Mother and Calf combo along with mid sized male groups of 2-3. Come out sailing as we travel along with these amazing animals. The gray whale is one of the animal kingdom’s great migratory beasts. Traveling in groups called pods, some of these giants swim 12,430 miles (20,000 kilometers) round-trip from their summer home in Alaskan waters to the warmer waters off the Mexican coast. The whales winter and breed in the shallow southern waters and balmier climate.
The whale uses its snout to forage by dislodging tiny creatures from the seafloor. It then filters these morsels with its baleen (a comb-like strainer of plates) in the upper jaw. A piece of gray whale baleen, also called whalebone, is about 18 inches (46 centimeters) long and has a consistency much like a fingernail. Whalebone was once used to make ladies’ corsets and umbrella ribs.
Like all whales, gray whales surface to breathe, so migrating groups are often spotted from North America’s west coast. These whales were once the target of extensive hunting, and by early in the 20th century they were in serious danger of extinction.
Today gray whales are protected by international law, their numbers have grown. In 1994, the gray whale was removed from the United States endangered species List.
A special thanks to 2 of our guest(Onno and Cynthia) from January 23rd trip for the very nice images!!