|Grey Whale Eschrichtius
|Off Vancouver, British
The Grey Whale is distributed mainly in the north-west Pacific where it seasonally migrates from Baja California to the Bering Sea. There is a very small population in the western Pacific while the north Atlantic population was made extinct through whaling in the early 18th century. Surprisingly a Grey Whale was spotted in the Mediterranean during the summer of 2010.
|It is a baleen whale and a
bottom feeder. You don't really want to be downwind of one
when it blows.
It has a grey, marbled body and the adults usually have lots of barnacles and small crustaceans forming a crust on the skin of the head. It has two blowholes.
|It does not have a dorsal fin but it does have a hump and a series of "knuckles" which can be seen usually as it prepares to dive as in photo 4. There is more information available on Wikipedia.|
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