Saturday, May 27, 2006

California Gray Whale

The California Gray Whale travels the longest distance during migration of any other mammal. Southward migration begins in December, reaching it's peak along the Oregon coast during the first week of January. By mid-February, most of the whales have left Oregon waters for Mexico. By March, the first of the migrating whales are returning northward along the Oregon coast. During March through June the California Gray Whale can be observed from boat or shore. It's not unusual for whales to be within a few hundred yards of coastal headlands. Observation sights are frequently set up at roadside visitor centers where naturalists are happy to teach about these gray whales and their habitat. The full round-trip migration from the Baja calving lagoons to the Bering Sea and back is 10,000 miles, the longest known for any mammal.

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