Gray Whale

Gray whale and calf spyhopping near the coast
Gray Whale. NOAA

Quick Facts
Type: Mammal

Diet: Carnivore; Amphipods, small fish

Average lifespan: 40 years

Average size: up to 49 ft.

Average weight: Up to 80,000 lb.

Did You Know?
Unlike most other baleen whales, gray whales are benthic feeders. This means that they will move along the seafloor, scooping up mud and sediment with their large mouths, and using their baleen to filter out the benthic amphipods that they eat.

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Last updated: October 21, 2016