Gray Whale

One of the longest migrations of any mammal passes through Orange County, these gray whales migrate down from their feeding grounds in Alaska to their birthing grounds in Mexico and then back up to Alaska. During April and May, the cow/calf pairs (mom and baby) are the last ones to make the journey, during this time, they typically hug the coastline and are seen from many Orange County Beaches. It is thought they travel so close to shore for guidance and also to keep the babies safer on their first journey, once they get up the coast farther, they face threats of killer whale attacks which love preying upon young gray whales.

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Gray Whale
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Gray Whale
Gray Whale
Gray Whale
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Gray Whale