Gray Whale Home Annual Cycle

May 20: Breaking Records!
Gray whale moms and calves migrating past California are breaking records! On May 17 near Santa Barbara, Gray Whales Count tallied their 238th calf—the most they have ever counted during a survey. That same day near Los Angeles, Alisa Schulman-Janiger reported 18 northbound, including nine calves—"an extraordinarily high count for this late in their northbound migration!" At Pt. Piedras Blancas, biologist Wayne Perryman calls this "another very good year for recruitment to this recovered population." More:

"Although our calf counts have fallen over the last week, this cow/calf migration phase is still underway, extending later than it did last season. We tied last season's record count of 286 northbound cow/calf pairs on May 14th, and broke it the next day! Our 311 northbound cow/calf pairs is a new 32-year record; we have broken the record in three of the past four seasons! We will be running our census through at least May 25th, longer if the cow/calf pairs are still coming through. What an amazing season!"
Alisa Schulman-Janiger, Director, Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project

Gray whale migrating past the point-count site at ACS/Los Angeles at Pt. Vicente, CA