Gray Whale

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyEschrichtiidae
GenusEschrictius
Binomial nameEschrictius robustus

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The gray whale grows between 46-49 ft (11-15m) and reaches a weight between 18-40 tons. Females grow larger than males.

The diet of a gray whale consists of schooling fish, crabs, amphipods and mysids.

They frequently approach whale-watching boats and have lots of surface activity.

Gray whales have a single calf born after a gestation period of 12-13.5 months.

They travel a considerable distance, sometimes up to 12,400 miles to journey between their feeding grounds and their breeding grounds.