Aerial photo of gray whale calf and mother. This baby gray whale was born during the southern migration, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente

Gray Whale Mother And Calf, Aerial Photo, San Clemente

A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side.  This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey

A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side. This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place. Monterey, California, Eschrichtius robustus.

Aerial photo of gray whale calf and mother. This baby gray whale was born during the southern migration, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente

Gray Whale Mother And Calf, Aerial Photo, San Clemente

Gray whale blowing at the ocean surface, exhaling and breathing as it prepares to dive underwater, Eschrichtius robustus, Encinitas, California

Gray Whale Aerial Photo, Encinitas

Gray whale baleen, Eschrichtius robustus

Gray Whale

Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California

Gray whale raising its fluke before a dive. Monterey, California. Eschrichtius robustus.

Gray whales at sunset, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray Whale, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray whales, two males both with extended penis during courtship socialization, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray whale, courtship competition

Aerial photo of gray whale calf and mother. This baby gray whale was born during the southern migration, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente

Gray Whale Mother And Calf, Aerial Photo, San Clemente

Gray whale, blow, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California

Gray Whale, Big Sur

Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California

Gray Whale, Big Sur

Gray whale, raising fluke to dive, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California

Gray Whale, Big Sur

Gray whale, blow, Eschrichtius robustus, Big Sur, California

Gray Whale, Big Sur

Courting gray whales, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray Whale, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray whale, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray Whale, San Ignacio Lagoon

Courting gray whales, Laguna San Ignacio, Eschrichtius robustus, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray Whale, San Ignacio Lagoon

Gray whales traveling south to Mexico during their winter migration.  The annual migration of the California gray whale is the longest known migration of any mammal, 10,000 to 12,000 miles from the Bering Sea to Baja California, Eschrichtius robustus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)

Migrating Gray Whale, Aerial Photo, Coronado Islands

Aerial photo of gray whale, swimming southbound on its annual migration to the calving lagoons in Mexico, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente, California

Gray Whale During Southern Migration, Aerial Photo, San Clemente

Gray whale diving below the ocean surface, leaving a footprint in its wake.  Aerial photo, Eschrichtius robustus, Encinitas, California

Gray Whale Aerial Photo, Encinitas

Gray whale blowing at the ocean surface, exhaling and breathing as it prepares to dive underwater, Eschrichtius robustus, Encinitas, California

Gray Whale Aerial Photo, Encinitas

Gray whale, raising its fluke (tail) before diving to the ocean floor to forage for crustaceans, , Cow Bay, Flores Island, near Tofino, Clayoquot Sound, west coast of Vancouver Island, Eschrichtius robustus

Gray Whale, Cow Bay

Gray whale dorsal ridge (back) at the surface in front of a boat full of whale watchers, Cow Bay, Flores Island, near Tofino, Clayoquot Sound, west coast of Vancouver Island, Eschrichtius robustus

Gray Whale Dorsal Ridge (Back) At The Surface In Front Of A Boat Full Of Whale Watchers, Cow Bay

Gray whale, neonate calf and cow, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California

Gray Whale, Monterey

Gray whale, spine knuckle detail and characteristic skin mottling, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California

Gray Whale, Monterey