FINAL Gray Whale Migration Update: May 20, 1998
Today's Update Includes:
Latest Migration News
As the ice melts in the northern waters of Alaska, more and more Gray Whales are being sighted in these areas as they continue north on their journey. As of last week, the ice was melted as far north as Norton Sound and the south side of St Lawrence Island, and several gray whales were sighted near the Southwest Cape of the Island. Further north, a lone Gray Whale was also reported near Wales, Alaska, in the Bering Straits.
Meanwhile to the south, Gray Whales continued to be sighted along the migration route. Observers are still seeing Gray Whales as far south as Monterey Bay, California, and along the Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coasts. And, of course, gray whales are also being seen in the waters in and around Kodiak Alaska, and in Bristol Bay too.
Farewell From Kodiak, Alaska
To: Journey North
I know that I have learned quite a bit about the gray whales' migration, not only the timing for 1998, but some habits, and factors affecting the gray whales as well. Many already feel the importance of the "presence of whales" in our lives and I hope that many more people will feel this presence because of these reports. Thank you to all and talk to you next year!
Signs of Spring From Kodiak Alaska
Finally, here are the latest signs of spring from Susan Payne: "This morning (Monday, May 18) I spotted the first Arctic terns in Anton Larsen Bay where I live. They blew in on a rather stiff southeast wind yesterday. A southeast wind seems to bring them most years, however this year seems to be later than usual. They have not yet taken up their nesting places on the rocks in our bay. The alder leaves are budding out and the green is everywhere. This is the time of year we have all been waiting for. Sunrise on May 20 is at 0438 and sunset is 2135, 16 hours and 57 minutes from sunrise to sunset."
This is the FINAL Gray Whale Migration Update. See You Next Year!
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