Calf Phase Begins: April 11, 2016
Gray Whales Count (34.40N, -119.69W) near Santa Barbara, CA has tallied 19 calves to date. Director Michael H. Smith reported just one mother/calf pair on April 10: "Approaching Counter Point, the calf was on the inside, and proud of his or her pickle face, which crinkled at the volunteer Counters on the way by."
From Pt. Piedras Blancas, CA (35.66N, -121.28W) comes news from biologist Wayne Perryman, conducting the government's annual gray whale cow/calf survey. "We started the survey on March 29th and we had 1 cow/calf pair during the first week along with 139 adults, and then 6 pairs the second week along with 36 adults. So the transition from the adult/juvenile phase of the migration to the cow/calf phase has begun. It should be a great year."
Kelp-covered baby gray whales migrating past Gray Whales Count
Gray Whales Count