gray whale facts

Like the Humpback, the Gray Whale is a filter feeder, using hairy fringes of baleen plates to strain organisms. Very different, though, is their feeding strategy. Gray Whales plow their FACES through the mud, then spit mud and water out between their baleen plates, and use their tongue to swipe all of the remaining shrimp-like crusteaceans, such as amphipods, krill, and copepods that live in the mud at the bottom of shallow bays! When they dive to the bottom, they usually feed on their right side!

Gray Whales are also known for their amazing migrations, often travelling from Mexico to the Arctic Ocean and back each year! That's over 12 thousand miles a year! This could be the longest yearly migration for any mammal.

© 2012 Alaska Whale Sightings : CONTACT US : SITE MAP :