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  • FINAL Gray Whale Migration Update: May 18, 2005
    “It has been a good year for gray whales, and for those who have the good fortune to watch them pass,” reports Wayne Perryman with the 5th highest calf count since 1994. Take the challenge to be the scientist and spot matches in whale photos with Dr. William Megill to guide you. It’s time to thank our scientists and wish a fabulous summer feast to the gray whales!
    Gray Whale Migration Update: May 4, 2005
    Fill in the blanks to our questions to discover what day-to-day migration patterns are suggested by the data. Then join whale watchers with Michael's field notes to inspire you. See a photo of something in every gray whale's mouth as you dig into our newest “Journey North for Kids.” Don't miss our video clip and lesson as you imagine carrying several hundred pounds of hitchhikers on your back, like gray whales do--all their lives!
    Gray Whale Migration Update: April 20, 2005
    Counting Cows and Calves passing Pt. Piedras Blancas, CA, Wayne Perryman says, “The parade is picking up.” The counts from our other two California observation posts look that way too! What's the first journey north like for a mother and her calf? Our literature link tells the story. Can you list 3 things that make whales mammals? Our new Journey North for Kids link helps! Also find photos, a pantomime activity, and discoveries about whale adaptations.
    Gray Whale Migration Update: April 6, 2005
    The adult phase of migration appears to have advanced past our California observation posts, and in the lagoons, Keith Jones shares field notes of his final whale watching days for the season. Sightings past both ACS observation posts have been fairly scarce. Where are all the migrating whales? Explore the correlation between winter sea ice and spring calf counts with NOAA biologist Wayne Perryman's research, and see his first cow/calf counts. A young whale breaches in this week's video clip, and we've got directions for drawing a life-size gray whale!
    Gray Whale Migration Update: March 23, 2005
    Fewer whales are in the Mexican lagoons, and a big surge in numbers passing our California observation posts says gray whale migration is in full swing. We've had two reports of whales reaching Alaska! These gentle giants travel 24/7, so how do they rest? Enjoy exciting field reports, great photos, a spectacular video clip and a puzzling new Challenge Question in this week's report.
    Photo Mike Hawe Gray Whale Migration Update: March 9, 2005
    The migration is picking up, but what might you mistakenly assume if you looked only at data from the Los Angeles observation post? Imagine you are watching for whales and hear "Blow, 300 degrees at 45 mil!" Where should you look? Decode the lingo with our lesson. See a baby whale up close with our new video clip and learn what they're up to in the lagoons. Sharpen pencils for some migration math.

    Photo K. Jones
    Gray Whale Migration Update: February 23, 2005
    The gray whale migration is picking up, but gray whales are still plowing south. Why do you think that is? But changes have occurred since our last report. Analyze the latest data and find out the news! See fascinating field notes from the lagoons and the California coast. There's a new video clip too. (Watch out for the splash!)

    Photo L. Lewis

    Gray Whale Migration Update: February 9, 2005
    It's prime time again for one of the greatest shows in the marine world: the California gray whale migration. They're swimming both directions along the Pacific coast, with more whales headed south than north. That will soon change. Collect the latest data and start your graphs and analysis. If you can’t imagine kissing a baby whale, check out our video clip. A fascinating new season of reports, photos, and lessons starts today!



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