gray whale

noun

Definition of gray whale

: a large baleen whale (Eschrichtius robustus) of the northern Pacific having short jaws and no dorsal fin

Examples of gray whale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The number of dead whales washing ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area this spring continues to climb, with another massive gray whale seen rolling in the surf at Pacifica State Beach on Friday afternoon. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 Federal and local authorities were working Sunday to tow away a dead gray whale that washed up on the Pacifica State Beach shore Friday afternoon, officials said. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2021 Meanwhile, in Spain, a marine wildlife group was working to make sure that a gray whale found near Spain's northeastern Mediterranean coast, far from its usual northern Pacific migration routes, doesn't get stranded. Mike Fuller, Star Tribune, 10 May 2021 The baby gray whale has a rope around its mouth and trailing in the water behind it. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, in Spain, a marine wildlife group was working to make sure that a gray whale found near Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast, far from its usual northern Pacific migration routes, does not get stranded. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2021 Meanwhile, in Spain, a marine wildlife group was working to make sure that a gray whale found near Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast, far from its usual northern Pacific migration routes, does not get stranded. Mike Fuller, chicagotribune.com, 10 May 2021 There was no breach of protocol in the tagging of the gray whale. Lynda V. Mapes, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2021 Necropsies performed in recent years have identified the gray whale's three most common causes of death: malnutrition, ship strikes and entanglement, Boehm said. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 9 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of gray whale

1834, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jun 2021

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“Gray whale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gray%20whale. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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