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Gray Whale

Gray Whale Eschrichtius robustus

The Gray Whale is a large mottled gray baleen whale that can be between 12-15 m long and weigh 27-36 tonnes. They spend their breeding life in the far north around Alaska and the Russian penninsula but migrate passed BC’s waters on their way to the Baja for the winters. Unlike Humpback whales, Gray whales sift and feed near the bottom of the ocean, rolling and stirring up the mud that they sift for food. They swim 20,000 km in one year during their annual migration.

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