Unlike many other whale species, the gray whale is classified as a species of least concern on the IUCN red list with a stable population trend. This is in large part due to the fact that the International Whaling Commission granted them protection from commercial hunting in the mid-20th century. However, there are still certain isolated populations, such as in the northwest Pacific, that are considered to be endangered.
- Recommended Age: 3
- Size in cm: 32 L x 11.6 W x 8.5 H
- Size in inches: 12.6 L x 4.57 W x 3.35 H
- Scale: 1:50
- UPC: 095866021207
NAME: Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Eschrichtiidae LENGTH: 45 ft (14 m) WEIGHT: 30 t (27,216 kg) HABITAT: Coastal waters from the Bering Straits to Baja, California SCALE: 1:50 Gray whales feed off the sea floor. A gray whale vacuums its meals of tiny shrimp-like animals from the sea floor. Lying on its side, the whale sucks loose sand and mud into its mouth, then strains the mix through rows of comb-like baleen to separate dirt from dinner. Grays spend summers feeding in cold Arctic waters. As fall approaches, they head south along the coast to breed and give birth.