Observation Post #9
Monterey Bay, California, United States
entire Gray Whale population migrates within three miles of
the Monterey coastline every winter and spring. Whales migrate
north from mid February through May, peaking during mid March.
and juvenile whales pass Monterey on their way to Alaska by mid
April. Mother gray whales heading north with their new
calves pass Monterey in April and May. Nancy Black and
the sightings network of Monterey
Bay Whale Watch Center monitor the migration's progress.
say Monterey is the best
California coast to observe gray whales. Why? the shallow continental
shelf does not extend very far from shore off Monterey due to
the nearshore Monterey Submarine
Canyon. Comparable in size and shape
to the Grand Canyon, it extends over 50 miles offshore. In some
places this canyon is 12,000 feet deep! Dense kelp beds grow
nearshore over the rocky bottom areas.
These areas create a diversity
of habitats for marine animals.
The Monterey Submarine Canyon is surrounded by the Monterey Bay
National Marine Sanctuary — the largest United States National