California gray whale


Definition of California gray whale

: gray whale Something about the species has enabled the California gray whale, as the eastern Pacific animal is misleadingly called, to come back from the brink—even though many other whales aren't recovering.— Ted Williams, Audubon, November/December 1998

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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