The gray whale gets it’s name from their dark gray skin and white and grey patches on their skin from scars made by parasites feeding on them. The gray whale’s main source of food is benthic crustaceans found on the ocean floor. The largest part of their population is located in the Eastern Pacific. They can grow to over fifty-two feet and weigh more than thirty-six tonnes. Mother gray whales, or cows, carry their newborns for about one year. The newborn comes out tail first and is about thirteen feet in length. Unlike other whales such as killer whales, the gray whale is very rarely kept in captivity due to it’s size and migration habits.
Humans are the only predators of adult gray whales. Even though they are considered endangered, in some regions gray whales are still sometimes poached. Not only are these animals killed illegally, many of their habitats are more frequently becoming more and more human populated. In some areas whale watching is very popular. It’s a great experience to see these animals in their natural habitat, but it is very important not to get to close. This not only is this very dangerous, but can also distract and disturb the whales.