Marine Science Chapters


Gray Whales

Eschrichtius robustus

by Genny Anderson, Biological Sciences Department, Santa Barbara City College
The gray whale is commonly seen along the coast of California several times a year. It is restricted primarily to the northeast Pacific Ocean between Alaska and Baja California. Most of the population seasonally migrates between summer feeding grounds and winter breeding grounds. The life history of the gray whale can be studied by reviewing the general aspects of the migration, the migration south, the activities in the lagoons of Baja, the migration north, and historical population dynamics. Please read each of these five web pages in the order they are presented for the best presentation of the "life of the gray whale."

Gray WhaleGray Whale Migrations

The Migration South

The Lagoons in Baja

The Migration North

Population Dynamics

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