gray whale


Definition of gray whale

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

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KODIAK - Two more dead gray whales have been reported in Alaska, bringing the total to 12 this year. Anchorage Daily News, "2 more gray whales found dead in Alaska, bringing total to 12," 27 June 2019 In a disturbing trend, more than a dozen gray whales have washed up on Northern California shores over the past few months, many of them killed by ship strikes or malnourishment. Ashley Mcbride,, "Humpback whale takes flight in front of SF skyline in amazing photo," 17 June 2019 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking waterfront homeowners to allow their land for use for the decomposition of dead gray whales. Amir Vera, CNN, "Washington state waterfront landowners are getting an unusual request: Take in dead whales," 16 June 2019 But if the Ashmole bestiary were open to its whale page—the Getty has provided a copy of the image—visitors would see a bold, far more stylized gray whale swallowing a man. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World’ Review: Wondrous Records of Animal Lore," 15 June 2019 Channel Islands National Park, California Astride the migration route of humpbacks, orcas, and gray whales and home at any one time to 30,000 seals and sea lions, the Southern California archipelago is renowned for marine mammals. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Top 10 wildlife encounters in parks," 9 Apr. 2019 In Oregon, five dead gray whales have been documented as of this week, more than in all of last year. NBC News, "Scientists ask for private beaches to study gray whale carcasses," 21 June 2019 The sickly-looking whale’s appearance comes amid a special government investigation into the deaths of over 75 gray whales that have washed ashore along the west coast in recent months. Fox News, "Humpback whale swimming in San Francisco Bay has experts worried," 20 June 2019 Washington Port Hadlock: At least one waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. USA TODAY, "Mural for missing women, ‘Jedi’ cremations, MRI party: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2019

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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