Considering Southern California's notorious traffic, it's not surprising that things get congested for the gray whales
Pacific gray whales
spend the summer months in the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas between Alaska and Russia.
They also postponed, until at least 2017, a final decision on the project to build a dangerous permanent offshore platform right by the principal feeding grounds of the Western Gray Whale
which numbers just around 150 and is one of the most critically endangered whale populations on earth.
With some 20,000 gray whales
migrating north from birthing grounds in Mexico to their winter home in Alaska, sightings should be spectacular from the Pomo Bluffs Park in Fort Bragg, miles of beaches in MacKerricher State Park just north of the city, and other locations.
The first, a pelagic fur seal study, during which cetacean sightings were recorded incidentally, occurred in 1958, 1959, and 1961 (Fiscus and Niggol, 1965), which was before the first census of gray whales
in central California.
make one of the longest of all mammalian annual migrations - 10,000 to 14,000 miles round trip.
The first northbound gray whales
often are pregnant females, followed weeks later by adult males and immature whales of both sexes.
Most gray whales
spend their summers eating tiny shrimp-like crustaceans and other little creatures in the polar seas off the Alaskan coast.
For 70 years, the Makah peacefully coexisted with gray whales
, which routinely pass through tribal waters on the long migration from Baja's nursery lagoons to feeding grounds in Alaska.
Five years ago, the gray whale
came off the endangered list--about 22,000 gray whales
now roam the Pacific.
They are 35-foot gray whales
that chew 10-foot-wide pits from the sand, leaving the shoreline pockmarked with puddles.
January and February, gray whales
calve and breed in coastal lagoons, while humpbacks and blues are visible along the coast
celebrating the migration North of the magnificent California Gray Whales
each day to help visitors spot gray whales
See migrating Gray whales
by horseback, quaff local microbrews, taste chowder cook-off samples, sip fine wines, view art, kayak through sea caves and more