ADULT MALE FACTS Weight 30-40 tons (27,200-36,300 kg) Length 43 ft (13 m) Each winter, gray whales migrate to calving lagoons in Baja California to breed and bear their young.
In spring, they begin the return trip north to feeding grounds in southeast Alaska. The 14,000-mile journey is the longest known animal migration on earth! A small group of about 300 gray whales remains in the northwest rather than returning to the Bering Sea.
A small group of about 20 whales returns each spring to Puget Sound around Whitney Island. Gray whales make extremely long migrations, approximately 10,000 to 14,000 miles round trip between the Bering Sea and Baja California, Mexico.
Some individuals live in the Strait of Juan de Fuca year round while others duck into Puget Sound to feed along their migration In the fall, the whales leave the Bering Sea where they have been feeding all summer and head to warmer waters to breed and give birth to their calves.
To feed, gray whales suck sediment and food from the sea floor by rolling on their sides and swimming slowly along, filtering their food through their 130 to 180 coarse baleen plates on each side of their upper jaw. The western population remains very low, around 200 individuals, and is listed as endangered under the ESA and depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Since the implementation of a ban on commercial hunting adopted by the League of Nations in the 1930s, numbers have increased steadily. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife when their numbers neared the estimated original population size.
This is an easy hike for the whole family, with an abundance of wildflowers in the spring and spectacular coastal views while being dog-friendly. Gray whale cove trail is a splendid, short, and easy hike for the entire family with beautiful ocean views.
The starting point is conveniently located near a parking lot that accesses Montana State Beach. Within minutes the trail will take you in the direction of the ocean, you'll have views of the beach below you as well as the WWII military triangulation station that sits on a promontory over to the north.
The level trail continues to wind along the edge of the mountain, parallel to highway 1, before arriving to a small resting point with two wooden benches that overlook Montana State Beach. This is a perfect spot to Whale watch as well as to relax and enjoy the coastal views (this is also about the halfway point to the entire hike).
Just before reaching the dirt road turn to the right and walk through the cypress forest toward highway 1. Once you've reached this point you pretty much have two options, cross the road and walk down to Montana State Beach, or go back the same way you came from.
If you're a coffee enthusiast like myself you'll want to make sure to stop by P-Town café (152 Ran Del Mar Ave, Pacifica, CA. Great coffee, hot chocolate for children at only a dollar, and the most amazing bagel sandwiches.
I decided to cross the road at the end of the hike to go to Montana beach and I sat and watched some surfers. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.
We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Starting at the parking lot adjacent to Grayscale Cove State Beach, proceed to the start sign indicating “Grey Whale Cove Trail “.WCT is a fun brisk hike with slight elevation gain that should be easy enough to take a small group or even children...
Montana Mountain is an easy summit to add to your Bay Area peak bagging list, a fun hike for families and dogs, or a challenging trail run that will leave your calves screaming. The Gray whale Cove State Beach is a popular seaside trail that’s just 2... The Devil's Slide Bunker is perched out on a point the defiantly juts out into the ocean.
The Bunker is covered in constantly changing graffiti, which provides a stunning contrast to the gorgeous seaside. Hop on Highway 1 South. McGee Ranch to Planet of the Apes is a 4.8-mile trail located near Montana State Beach that offers ocean views when it is not too cloudy.
With nearly 30 marine mammal species on and near the Olympic Peninsula shores, the region is ripe when it comes to water wildlife. While there’s no big secret to spotting whales (no, you don’t have to whistle), there are a few key locations where pods often swim.
La Push The Whitetail site is at the northern end of First Beach where gray whales and orca are commonly seen. Salt Creek Recreation Area From several points along the bluffs in the park, are clear views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
I thought the other trail in this park, McGee Ranch to Planet of the Apes, was much easier overall. Walked to the left, this trail was NOT easy as the uphill was slippery due to rocks, washouts and steepness.
Bush Point has public beach access at its boat ramp facility on the southwest side of Whitney Island. Walk the shores and look for whales across the narrowest point of the North Puget Sound towards Marrow stone Island.
The spectacular beaches at Cape Álava feature petroglyph and abundant marine mammals sightings. Step onto the 1,420-foot stretch of sandy beach and cast your gaze across the Puget Sound looking for whales while taking in the view of the Cascades, Mt.
Make sure to check out Old Man House which is located nearby on the site of the home of Chief Seattle. The Faro Marine Life Center is an educational and scientific organization located on the City Pier in Port Angeles.
From the shores of Fort Casey, scan the scenic view for whales across the Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The tranquil bay features a boat ramp, and is a popular place to fish, kayak, and canoe.
Freshwater Bay was given its name by Captain George Vancouver, during his exploration of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound. La Push is the home of the Quilpué Nation, located at the mouth of the Guillaume River on the Olympic Coast of Washington State.
Diverse and abundant marine mammal species are found here, including a thriving population of sea otters. Overlooking Saratoga Passage, the picturesque town offers close-up views of a wide variety of marine mammals.
Langley Whale Center is run by Volunteer Docents and open Thursdays through Sundays, 11 am till 5 pm. Free Admission to our Educational Exhibits, which include a Harbor Porpoise skeleton and other bone and pelt specimens.
Lime Kiln State Park is one of the best places in the world to watch whales from shore, and is the inspiration for The Whitetail. The 3.6-acre day use park is on the west coast of San Juan Island, abutting Hard Strait.
The Mast Center is dedicated to expanding knowledge about the Puget Sound and the surrounding environment through teaching, outreach, and research. The 2,500 square-foot facility offers public space, classroom, laboratories, offices, research areas with state-of-the-art equipment and an aquarium.
Exhibits include Asian Forest Sanctuary, Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, and Pacific Ocean just to name a few. Marine mammals on display include harbor seals, pacific walruses, and sea otters.
The long low sandpit faces Admiralty Inlet to the north and Puget Sound to the east and south. Strong currents flow around the point, which attract bait fish that in turn draw salmon and marine mammals close to shore.
Point Robinson is between Seattle and Tacoma located on the northeast corner of Mary Island in Puget Sound. Founded by two teachers in 1982, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PT MSC) is an educational facility located in Fort Warden State Park.
This serene L-shaped beach is approximately 1,300 feet long and a great place to watch for resident orcas in the winter months. The park contains 40 acres of land with trails and picnic shelters perfect for spending a day at the beach.
For decades, Salt Creek Recreation Area has been a highly regarded site for wildlife viewing. This beautiful park, located on the west side of San Juan Island, includes rocky bluffs and gravel beaches that overlook Hard Strait with views to the Straits of San Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island.
Visit the six major exhibits: Window on Washington Waters, Life on the Edge, Pacific Coral Reef, Puget Sound Fish and Dome Room, Puget Sound Orcas Family Activity Center, and Marine Mammals. The Strait of Juan de Fuca is an important shipping lane, and a critical passageway for marine mammals, connecting the Pacific Ocean to the inland waters of the Salish Sea.
This destination beach is known for its wild, rugged atmosphere, the beauty of its offshore rock formations, tide pools, grottoes and abundance of marine and bird life. Shipwreck Point is a 3-mile stretch of beach along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, east of Near Bay.
The retreat of the glaciers created deep fjords which provide abundant food and habitat for many species of marine… Bring your binoculars and relax on the comfortable park benches at Stamp Overlook for a breathtaking view of the Puget Sound.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, on the University of Washington campus, offers its members and visitors opportunities to learn about whales through exhibits, programs, and educational materials for classroom use. The Whale Museum is located on San Juan Island in the quaint town of Friday Harbor.
Located in the historic Odd Fellows Hall, the museum houses exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts, and is a premiere destination for visitors and locals alike to learn about whales. The 220-acre city park features camping, a boat launch, day use picnic sites and a group tenting area.
A scenic paved 2.2-mile loop road winds through the park’s forested hills and meadows with views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains. From West Beach looking to north, you look straight at Lighthouse Point, Rosario Head, and Deception Island.