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During the winter months, gray whales can be found in breeding lagoons along western Baja California and off southern Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico.

Gray Whale

GRAY WHALE SURFACINGThe gray whale has good eyesight. When near the shoreline or boats, gray whales will rise vertically out of the water, just high enough to scan its surroundings. This behavior is called spyhopping and may last as long as 30 seconds.

Like other marine animals, the gray whale's eyes are positioned on the sides of its head. Unlike other marine animals, its eyes are so widely separated that it can't see objects directly in front of it. Even a large object, such as a boat, will vanish from the whale's field of vision if it approaches from the front.

Ocean Oasis: Gray Whale

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Photo credit: Gray Whale Eschrichtius robustus, Jon Rebman for SDNHM.

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