Journey North News

Gray whale migration: aerial view

Spring 2014: January - June
Month-by-month: Follow the whales' northward migration from nursery lagoons in Mexico to feeding grounds in the Arctic.
Daily Counts: From February to May, two research teams share data from the California coast, as northbound whales pass.

Photo: Kate Wynne

Spyhopping gray whale

June 2014
By June, adult and juvenile gray whales are well into the vast, food-filled arctic waters. Some cow/calf pairs are getting close to home, while others still are on their way

Photo: Adrienne DeLiso
Blows of gray whale mother and her calf May 2014
May is the month when the remaining moms have started the long journey north from nursery lagoons with their calves, traveling close to the coast.

Photo: Adrienne DeLiso

Close view of a baby gray whale's eye April 2014
By April, most adults and juveniles have departed the warm lagoons in Mexico to head north. The first moms and babies also start north.

Photo: Caroline Armon

Mother and baby gray whale in Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico
March 2014
In March, males and newly pregnant females start their journey north in what is turning out to be a booming season! Mother-and-baby pairs dominate the nursery lagoons on Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

Photo: Caroline Armon

Tourists watch baby gray whale in San Ignacio Lagoon.
February 2014
During February, southern and northern migrations coincide along the Pacific Coast. By mid-month, northbound whales begin to outnumber southbound whales. In Mexico's nursery lagoons, mothers are giving birth and nursing their calves.

Photo: Caroline Armon

Tourists watch baby gray whale in San Ignacio Lagoon. January 2014
During January, southbound gray whales are courting and mating along the migration route. Many of the migrants reach the warm lagoons of Mexico.

Photo: Keith Jones
Gray Whale spyhopping Archived Seasons
Explore previous migration seasons:

Photo: Adrienne DeLiso