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Fun Facts About Whales

  • Most large whales travel in small schools (called pods), but some swim in pairs or even alone. Whales are most often observed in open ocean during their migration from feeding to breeding grounds, a voyage of several thousands of miles.
  • Watching whales as they migrate is a fascinating experience. Each winter, California gray whales travel down the Pacific coast from their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean to Mexico's Baja Peninsula, where they breed and give birth. It is the longest mammal migration on Earth—12,000 miles round trip each year!
  • On your whale watches, you may observe the whales eating. A blue whale eats a lot of krill, or plankton—up to the equivalent of a fully grown African elephant every day.

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