We're about BBQ and Whales, but NOT about BBQing Whales. And we're especially about the local Gray Whales that live along the Oregon coast. Non-resident Gray Whales migrate north to their feeding grounds in the winter/spring and south in the summer/fall to the calving/breeding grounds.
The Gray Whale (scientific name: Eschrichtius robustus) is a baleen whale that migrates yearly between cold water feeding grounds and warm water breeding grounds.
The common name refers to John Edward Gray, a zoologist at the British Museum.
These whales can reach 52 feet in length and up to a weight of 36 tons. They fully mature at 40 years (very much like humans) and can live up to 70 years. Gray whales were called devil fish by whalers hunting them because of their fighting behavior in defense of their calves when hunted.
The Gray Whale descended from filter-feeding whales that initially developed over 30 million years ago at the beginning of the Oligocene. It is the only living species in the genus Eschrichtius, which is the only genus left from the family Eschrichtiidae.
There is a Gray Whale population in the eastern North Pacific Ocean (North American) and a critically endangered population in the western North Pacific Ocean(Asian). North Atlantic populations were extinct (possibly by whaling) on the European coast before 500 AD and on the American coast around the late 17th to early 18th centuries. However, on May 8, 2010, a a Gray Whale was sighted off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. Some scientists now think they might be repopulating some old breeding grounds that have not been used in centuries.