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gray whale

n.
A baleen whale (Eschrichtius robustus) of northern Pacific coastal waters, having grayish-black coloring with white blotches and lacking a dorsal fin.

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n.
a grayish black whalebone whale, Eschrichtius robustus, of the N Pacific, growing to a length of 50 ft. (15.2 m).
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Noun1.gray whale - medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacificgray whale - medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
Eschrichtius, genus Eschrichtius - type and sole genus of the Eschrichtiidae
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The video of a baby gray whale swimming alongside the beach goers at Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, on Tuesday, has gone viral after it was posted by a local photographer.
To better understand the biology of the gray whale Eschrichtius robustus (Lilljeborg, 1861), we sequenced the genome and produced an assembly that contains ~95% of the genes known to be highly conserved among eukaryotes.
We analyzed data from line-transect aerial surveys for marine mammals conducted in the eastern Chukchi Sea (67[degrees]-72[degrees] N, 157[degrees]-169[degrees]W) in July to October of 2009-15 to investigate bowhead and gray whale distributions, behaviors, sighting rates, and habitat selection preferences, the last of which allowed direct comparison with results from data collected in this area in 1982-91.
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But the sighting that drew the most attention was one that has been commonly misrepresented - a gray whale blowing.
The ACS-LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project is the longest running citizen science project of its kind, utilizing volunteers to monitor the gray whale migration from a shore-based location during all daylight hours of a six month spam.
Cheryl Nugent, one of the volunteer coordinators of Whale Fest Kodiak, explains: "Every April, the Eastern Pacific Gray Whale migrates past Kodiak Island.
To highlight the threat to the whales, WWF sailed an 11-metre western gray whale - made of bamboo, cane, willow, recycled mattress foam, wet tissue paper and paint and complete with barnacles made from cupcake cases - down the Thames.
Summary: When a 13-meter gray whale was spotted off the Israeli town of Herzliya last year, scientists came to a startling conclusion: it must have wandered across the normally icebound route above Canada, where warm weather had briefly opened a clear channel three years earlier.
Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, migratory distribution encompasses coastal waters in the eastern North Pacific Ocean from the Chukchi Sea in the north (Rugh and Fraker, 1981; Miller et al.
CDATA[ A rare gray whale was tailed to the coast of Israel, the first known time the giant mammal has been sighted in the area in hundreds of years.
A gray whale, more than 48 feet long, was spotted off the Herzliya coast on Saturday - the first time this species has been seen in Israel, according to Israel's Marine Mammal Research & Assistance Center.