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Grey Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Eschrichtius robustus
Family Name:
Eschrichtiidae
Size:
45-50 feet
Weight:
36 tons
Color:
gray with some
blotchy white spots
Life Span:
50-60 years
Diet:
amphipods, krill, copepods, plankton, and mollusks (including squid and fish)
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Grey Whale

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Grey Whale Description
  The gray whale is a baleen whale (it is a filter feeder). Whalers used to call them "devilfish" because of their fierce defense they put up when hunted. They have a layer of blubber up to 10 inches (25 cm) thick. There are hairy bristles (vibrassae) on the gray whale's snout and the front of the head. These are used as tactile sensors, like cat's whiskers.  
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