Grey Whale

Scientific: Eschrichtius robustus
Spanish: Ballena gris
Awaswas: Chimme

Diet: Crustaceans, fish
Habitat: Open ocean, nearshore
Status: Least Concern

Grey Whales can be spotted in the Monterey Bay in the winter as they migrate south to Baja and in the late spring when they migrate back north with their calves. Whale lice and barnacles cause the distinctive white patches on the backs of these whales.

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are all cetaceans and are some of the largest mammals in the oceans. Here in the Monterey Bay you can see the following cetaceans throughout the year:

  • Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) | May – October
  • Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) | April – December
  • Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) | December – May
  • Orca (Orcinus orca) | Year-round transients
  • Northern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis) | Year-round
  • Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) |Year-round
  • Common Dolphin (Delphinus sp.) | July – December
  • Pacific White-sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) |Year-round
  • Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops sp.) |Year-round
  • Dall’s Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli) |Year-round

Visit a life-size replica of a female grey whale outside the Museum in Tyrrell Park.