Friday, January 23, 2009

Migrating Whales

This is the peak season for Pacific gray whales to be making their way along our coastline. These gentle giants summer near the Arctic in the northern Bering Sea and then make their way south between December and March, to mate and nurse their calves in the warm bays of Baja California, Mexico. Their's is one of the longest migrations of any mammal.

The Pacific gray whales get up to 48 feet long and individual whales can be recognized by their markings. Heading south, they're most easily sighted by their 15 foot spouts or the flips of their flukes.

We rarely see them heading back north for the summer, as they swim further out to sea on their return trips, often beyond the sight of binoculars.


High Desert Diva said...

Which reminds me to reschedule our beach trip for sometime in Feb. or early March so we might have the chance to see them...thanks!

Ann said...

This is such a beautiful pix.

Can't imagine people killing them.