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Whale is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The term whale is sometimes used to refer to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises, which are also cetaceans but belong to the suborder Odontoceti. This suborder also includes the sperm whale, killer whale, pilot whale, and beluga whale. The suborder Mysticeti (baleen whales), are filter feeders that feed on small organisms caught by straining seawater through a comblike structure found in the mouth called baleen. This suborder includes the blue whale, the humpback whale the bowhead whale and the minke whales. All Cetacea have forelimbs modified as fins, a tail with horizontal flukes, and nasal openings on top of the head.

Gray Whales

All About Gray Whales

The Gray Whale is part of the Baleen whale family.

Gray whales feed on krill. They have baleen suspended from the jaw, which is like cartilage, the baleen acts as a filter straining krill and other small animals inside.

Gray whales make one of the longest migrations a round trip of 12,000 miles, their breeding grounds off the coast Mexico up to the Arctic Ocean. They follow the coast. The males lead the migration, the last to make the journey are the cows with their newborn calves. The cows and calves will often stay within 200 meters of the coastal shore.

Killer Whales will attack the young gray whale calves. The killer whale is about the size of the Gray Whale cow but the calf is easy prey. The Killer Whales will often work together as a pod trying to drown a gray whale calf, a single hunt will often take hours.

Gray whales carry their calves for 13 months.

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