Overview: The Annual Cycle of the Gray Whale
January February March April May June
July August September October November December

July: Feeding and Fattening in Food-rich Seas
In July the arctic waters are teeming with food for the hungry whales. Feeding and fattening is a whale's main goal. With ice melting further north, whales can now reach the northern limits of their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuckchi Seas. Baby whales will nurse for six to eight months, but moms teach them to scoop up and eat tiny amphipods off the ocean floor.

Gray whale

Photo: Jane Duden