Trip to Trinidad Whaling Station, July-August 1926
A Gray Whale is Brought In
The traps held but a couple of shrews this morning. A trap I had set in a Mt. Brewer hole held a Spilogale.
Set several gopher traps this morning & picked up several gophers during the day.
A California Gray Whale was brought in late this afternoon. The animal had been killed near the entrance of Crescent City Bay and was in company of three others. The school was feeding near the breakers when taken. This species is reputed to be nearly or quite extinct & the taking of this specimen came as a surprise.
A very large heavily muscled tongue filled the center of its mouth. This organ is evidently used to divert the water to the baleen plates when the beast is feeding and also indicates its habit of feeding in shallow water where the mouth can only be partially opened – quite different with the deep water feeding Finback.
The blubber on this California Gray was from 5 to 9 inches thick, making them very desirable from the whaler’s standpoint.
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