gray whale

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gray whale medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: February is the mating month for gray whales.
    • Gray whale (Zoöl) a rather large and swift baleen whale of the northern Pacific (Eschrichtius robustus, formerly Rhachianectes glaucus), having short jaws and no dorsal fin; -- called also grayback devilfish, and hardhead. It grows to a length of 50 feet (sometimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons.
    • Gray whale (Zoöl) a rather large and swift whale of the northern Pacific (Eschrichtius robustus, formerly Rhachianectes glaucus), having short jaws and no dorsal fin. It grows to a length of 50 feet (someimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare; -- called also grayback devilfish, and hardhead. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons.
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Usage

In literature:

Soon another went up, and two or three more, for the gray hump-backed whales like this stretch of smooth bay.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
Gray finback whales flounder in schools.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
That's a gray whale an' I'm goin' after him.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
As it was, I looked down in the clear water and saw the huge, gleaming, gray body of the whale as he passed.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Gray, in his book on Western Australia, says that this kind of whale lives principally on the large phosphorescent medusae.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Blue whales are light bluish gray overall, mottled with gray or grayish white.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
The colour of the old whale is gray and white, that of the young ones a sort of bluish black.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
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In news:

The gray whale washed up on Dry Lagoon beach on Feb 2 was hardly an unusual sight.
She said the last unusual number of gray-whale deaths was in 2005, when there were 16.
Earlier this month, gray-whale strandings also were reported in Neah Bay and at Illwaco, off the Washington Coast, Wilkinson said.
Tribal 'Sovereignty' Threatens Gray Whale .
Gray Whale at McKee's Beach.
Gray Whale Click to enlarge.
A forty foot long gray whale was discovered by whale watchers on Sunday at Noon.
Humpback Whales Seem to Intervene in Orca Attack on Gray Whale Calf.
John Muir Elementary School fifth-graders Kailey Onstott, 10, right, and Megan Jensen, 10, line up the vertebrae as they help assemble a gray whale skeleton before class in Martinez.
The young gray whale lurking about the harbor for nearly three weeks has not been sighted since Saturday, March 21, according to Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol officer Steve McCullough.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It appears that there is a gray whale baby boom under way.
Homero Aridjis, one of Mexico's top environmentalists and poets, has led the battle to save the habitat of monarch butterflies, Pacific gray whales, and sea turtles.
This is the second in an occasional series on the gray whale -- its questionable health, its environmental symbolism, and the cultural conflicts it is generating from the Siberian Arctic to the warm lagoons of Mexico.
Gray whale sightings are common in the waters along our coast around this time of year.
For the second year in a row, a gray whale has been observed hanging out in San Diego Bay , which is relatively uncommon.
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