Subject: Gray whales in shallow water

Dagmar Fertl (
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 17:05:27 -0400

     I've spent the last 2 days at the beach with my children watching gray 
     whales surfacing and submerging about 20 ft off the beach.  I'm 
     curious as to what they are doing.  Observers from the beach had 
     opinions of feeding to rubbing on the rocks.  I am surprised they 
     stayed in exactly the same spot for so many days, (3 now).  Also, 
     there is a raft of thousands of ducks, mostly they are scotters, but 
     there are several other species as well.  There is definitely some 
     kind of roe in the water.  Thanks, Kristin Turriff

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They may have been rubbing on the rocks, but my guess is that they were probably
feeding in the area.  You didn't say where you were located, which makes a 
difference as far as whether they're on migration or not, and what they could be
doing.  Gray whales often come in close to shore.