Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal on Earth. Every year of their lives they swim more than 10,000 miles in a roundtrip migration between nursery lagoons in Mexico and feeding grounds in the Arctic. Changing seasons drive this endless migration.
What can gray whales teach us about survival? You're invited to track the gray whale's monumental migration live each spring with Journey North. Glimpse the mysterious world of these gentle giants and explore factors that drive their migration. Discover why the gray whale's story is one of nature's most incredible examples of adaptation and survival.
Tracking the Migration
You can follow the migration in two ways:
1. Along the Migration Trail
Sightings will be reported by people who see whales as they migrate along the Pacific Coast. Please report your sightings!
- All gray whales sighted
- All northbound mother/calf pairs
2. From Two California Observation Posts
Scientists and citizen scientists count whales and calves seen migrating past two California observations posts. This "point count" method of tracking migration can help us see how the migration ebbs and flows during the season. You can choose to track gray whales from one or both census posts using the live data compile from these two sites. What migration patterns will emerge based on the hundreds of whales observed offshore?
to Alisa Schulman-Janiger and volunteers of the ACS-LA
Census, and to Michael Smith and volunteers of Gray
Whales Count for providing this opportunity!