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The Gray Whale Annual Cycle
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Overview
In the warm waters of Mexico gray whales give birth, nurse their calves, rest and play before their monumental journey north. Each spring, they swim 5,000 miles along the Pacific coast from Mexico to the Arctic. The trip ends in the nutrient-rich feeding grounds of the Bering Sea in Alaska. Gray whales migrate farther than any mammal on earth. In the fall, they travel back to Mexico again for a round trip journey of 10,000 miles.
Newborn gray whale baby and mother Tourists watch baby gray whale in San Ignacio Lagoon. Playful calf with mother gray whale
Image: Keith Jones
January
Image: Caroline Armon
February
Image: Caroline Armon
March
Eye of a baby gray whale Blows from gray whale mom and baby Spyhopping gray whale
Image: Adrienne DeLiso
April
Image: Adrienne DeLiso
May
Image: Adrienne DeLiso
June
Gray whale Gray whale fluke Baleen
Image: Jane Duden
July
Image: Keith Jones
August
Image: Renee Bonner
September
Aerial view of gray whale in the Arctic Gray whale heart-shaped blow Gray whale pectoral fin
Image: Kate Wynne, PhD
October
Image: Michael H. Smith
November
Image: Keith Jones
December

 

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