Grey Whale

Eschrichtius robustus

The grey whale is a truly unique species of mammal. These one-of-a-kind whales have come extremely close to extinction twice in the past three centuries. Now due to protection laws and environmentalists their population has been restored to about 23,000 individuals world-wide.


Grey whales are dark grey in colour with numerous patches of white and light yellow and orange. The white, yellow and orange patches are barnacles and parasites attached to the whales. These barnacles attach themselves to the whale’s blowholes, on top of the whale’s head, and on the upper fore part of their back.

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