The gray (or grey) whale (Eschrichtius robustus)



The gray whale is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of about 16 m (52 ft), a weight of 36 tonnes (35 long tons; 40 short tons), and lives 50–70 years.The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin. Gray whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior when hunted. The gray whale is the sole living species in the genus Eschrichtius, which in turn is the sole living genus in  family Eschrichtiidae. They have two blowholes on top of their head, which can create a distinctive V shaped blow at the surface in calm wind conditions. This mammal descended from filter-feeding whales that developed at the beginning of the Oligocene, over 30 million years ago.

The long gray whale migration from the frigid waters of Bering Sea to the warm water lagoons of the Baja Peninsula has long attracted our attention.  These great animals had been hunted nearly to extinction and have just barely survived as a species. Now, visitors can journey to see these magnificent creatures and experience one of the world’s most memorable wildlife adventures. Of all the natural experiences in the world, you'll never forget a close encounter with a gentle, 30-ton animal with baby in tow!

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Gray Whale Watching Tours with Mario's Tours

One of the most incredible experiences of the planet!



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