Gray whales are often covered with parasites and other organisms that make their snouts and backs look like a crusty ocean rock.
The gray whale is one of the animal kingdom's great migrators. Traveling in groups called pods, some of these giants swim 12,430 miles round-trip from their summer home in Alaskan waters to the warmer waters off the Mexican coast. The whales winter and breed in the shallow southern waters and balmier climate. Other gray whales live in the seas near Korea.
Common Name: Gray Whale
Scientific Name: Eschrichtius robustus
Group Name: Pod
Size: 40 to 50 ft
Weight: 30 to 40 tons
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