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California Gray Whale Behavior

  • What is a California Gray WhaleMigrationFeedingWhaling | BehaviorCalving

    Spouting

    Whale Spouting

    Spouting is the visible exhaling by the whale of air, water vapor, and water drops. Sometimes called a blow.

    Breaching

    Whale Breaching

    Breaching is when the whale leaps almost clear of the water and falls back with a splash.

    Sounding

    Whale Sounding

    Sounding – When a whale sounds it will show it’s flukes. The flukes are the whales tail.

    Spyhopping

    Whale Spyhopping

    Spyhopping is the whale pushing itself vertically upward out of the water until it can see. A spyhop can last from 15 to 30 seconds.

Additional references for the Gray Whale

Monterey Bay Whale Watch
Whale Blowing Audio

Original Authors (June 1992)

Lisa Angle – Richard Asplund – Peter Ostrander
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California 93407

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Richard Asplund
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
San Luis Obispo, California 93405

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Martin Williams
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
San Luis Obispo, California 93405

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