gray whale


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 During this more recent southern California bloom, dolphins and a gray whale were spotted swimming through the algae. Priya Shukla, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Gigi had been captured for scientific study at the gray whale breeding and calving grounds off the coast of Baja California and brought to SeaWorld in San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2022 Those hoping to dive even deeper into gray whale migration might consider driving 65 miles from San Diego to Dana Point, which in 2021 was named the first Whale Heritage Site in the U.S. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 This marks the fourth straight cancellation for Whale Watch Week events, which first canceled during the spring gray whale migration in March 2020. oregonlive, 21 Dec. 2021 On March 13, 1972 a gray whale called Gigi was released into the open ocean about four miles off Point Loma after a year in captivity. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2022 Those who opt to stay on land may need to bring a little patience to spot a gray whale in the open ocean. oregonlive, 21 Dec. 2021 The Attorney General’s Office for Environmental Protection said the boat, about 25 feet long and carrying nine tourists, was near shore when a breaching gray whale collided with it, the AP reported. The Editors, Outside Online, 12 Mar. 2015 So researchers were surprised to hear reports of a lone gray whale spotted in the southeastern Atlantic off the coast of Namibia. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gray whale

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Gray whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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