Posts Tagged ‘Gray Whale’

Unusual Mortality Event declared for gray whales in Pacific

Gray whale deaths have spiked on the West Coast May 31 2019 – NOAA Fisheries has officially declared that the elevated numbers of gray whale strandings in 2019 on the west coast of North America an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).  Approximately 70 gray whale strandings have been counted in California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska as…

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Spotted – rare gray whale that is white

A rare sighting of what is thought to be an albino gray whale has been recorded off Baja California, Mexico. Over 20,000 gray whales migrate to Baja California each winter to give birth and nurse their young after feeding during the summer in Arctic waters, but there have only ever been around four ‘albino’ gray…

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New record for gray whale migration

A gray whale in the Pacific Ocean has been recorded completing the longest ever migration for the species. The female whale made a round-trip of 22,500 km (14,000 miles) during her journey from feeding grounds off Russia to Mexico and back, according to a report in Biology Letters. It was thought until now that the…

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Gray whale with no tail adapts to survive

A gray whale without a tail fluke has been sighted migrating up the west coast of the US.  The whale appears to have adapted to the loss of this limb and seems able to swim and dive despite the obvious hindrance. It is thought that the whale had probably become entangled in fishing year at…

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Is Climate Change causing whales to relocate?

When a Gray whale was spotted off the coast of Israel in 2010 and then three weeks later off the coast of Spain (almost 2,000km away) it set the whale and dolphin community into a spin. Gray whales are considered to be extinct in the north Atlantic Ocean so where had this whale come from…

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Gray whale spotted south of the equator for the first time

Scientists from the Namibian Dolphin project have confirmed the first ever sighting of a gray whale south of the equator. The news follows a unique sighting of a grey whale in the Mediterranean in May 2010. The north Pacific gray whale has been extinct in the Atlantic since the 18th century, and this latest sighting is…

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