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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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gray′ whale′


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 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.
"It" would be "Whale Watching Spoken Here," a program run by Oregon State Parks that places trained volunteers at 26 sites along the Oregon Coast - as well as one each just over the border in California and Washington - for a full week in March and in December during the height of gray whale migration.
Ongoing research is revealing that minor shifts and changes from year to year in gray whale migration corridors are normal.