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All about Gray Whales

Discover Gray Whales with Ocean Safaris in Monterey Bay

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Gray Whale


Embark on an unforgettable adventure with and witness the awe-inspiring gray whales in Monterey Bay. Our expertly guided tours offer a unique opportunity to experience these gentle giants up close. From migration marvels to captivating behaviors, Ocean Safaris ensures an immersive encounter with the world of gray whales.

Taxonomy and Classification

Discover the fascinating taxonomy of the gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) on our Monterey Bay whale watching tours. As part of the mysticete suborder, these baleen whales showcase their majestic presence during our expert-led excursions.

Physical Characteristics

Size and Weight

Explore the colossal dimensions of gray whales, reaching up to 46 feet and weighing 72,000 pounds. Join Ocean Safaris for an exclusive chance to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Coloration and Markings

Identify individual gray whales by their unique markings, scars, and dorsal crenulations. Our tours offer a close-up look at these distinctive features, providing an unparalleled whale-watching experience.

Blowholes and Breathing

Experience the thrill of seeing gray whales spout their distinctive V-shaped blow with our personalized trip and tours ensures you don’t miss a moment of these rhythmic breathing patterns during your Monterey Bay tour.



Witness the grandeur of the gray whale’s annual migration on one of our tours From December to March, our expert guides lead you through the best vantage points to observe this remarkable journey.


Explore the feeding habits of gray whales as they consume small zooplankton on our Monterey Bay tours. The nutrient-rich waters of the bay contribute to the species’ overall health, providing an excellent opportunity for observation.


Migration Route

Follow the migration route of gray whales with Ocean Safaris on wildlife tours that showcase the beauty of coastal areas, especially in Monterey Bay. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this annual spectacle from December to March.

Nursery Lagoons

Discover the significance of the warm water lagoons of Mexico on our San Ignacio trip  Pn these trip we clamping next to the lagoons and take small boats out onto the nursery areas where pregnant females give birth to their calves. and Gray Whales approach us for interaction

Lifespan and Reproduction


Learn about the impressive lifespan of gray whales, ranging from 55 to 70 years, during our guided tours. provides insights into the multiple cycles of migration and reproduction these majestic creatures undergo.


Join our tours to witness the reproduction cycle of gray whales. After mating, females with calves embark on their journey back north, creating a captivating spectacle for our guests.

Feeding Habits and Diet

Explore the feeding habits and diet of gray whales with Our guides offer in-depth knowledge about the species’ voracious appetite for zooplankton and other crustaceans, providing a comprehensive understanding of their ecology.

Conservation Status

Historical Exploitation

Delve into the historical challenges faced by gray whales during our tours. sheds light on past exploitation and emphasizes the importance of ongoing conservation efforts.

Conservation Efforts

Discover the positive impact of conservation initiatives on gray whale populations during our tours. highlights the role of organizations like the International Whaling Commission in safeguarding these marine giants.

Ocean Safaris offers curated tours that promise an enriching and educational experience with gray whales in both Monterey Bay and San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California, Mexico. With expert guides, stunning vantage points, and a commitment to conservation, our tours ensure an unforgettable journey into the world of these magnificent marine creatures. Book your adventure today and be part of the magic with Ocean Safaris!

From $185

Join us for the best Whale Watching Ocean Safari on Monterey Bay.  See humpback whales, blue whales, dolphins, Sea Lions, Otters and more.  Our vessel “Safari” a 33′ Zodiac is ideal for wildlife viewing and photography, with comfortable seats for each guest.  With a maximum of 6 guests, each guest has a front row seat to adventure.