Grey and black illustration of a grey whale on a white background.
Copyright symbol Earth Art Works, 1982 Alameda CA
The grey whale is a type of baleen whale that reaches 45-46 feet and weighs 30-40 tons. They live predominantly in the North Pacific and migrate between the arctic seas and the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico, although there have been sightings of grey whales in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea in recent years. The grey whale was given full protection status by the International Whaling Commission in 1947 and since then, the north Pacific population has reached between 19,000 and 23,000.