Rare Western Gray Whale heads south long eastern Pacific path


How little we know!!! In a recent blog I made the mistake of saying that Western Pacific Gray Whales were strictly found near the Sakhalin Islands which are of the east coast of Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk. Further they did not mix and were genetically separate making interbreeding most unlikely in regards to our  closely aligned California Gray Whale.

Flex was born in the summer of 1997 making him thirteen years old and one of only 130 living members of this species. By following the link below through Bruce Mate at the Oregon State University more exact information and specifics of this seemingly  unusual migration can be found.

Again I feel we have a creature screaming for help, for all we know there may be several traveling together, since Flex was the only one  tagged. Credit should be given to the Russian branch of the International Wildlife Federation for attempting to stop further drilling for oil near the Sakhalin Islands.  Therein lies the real problem, the search for and extraction of petrochemicals and its high decibel sounds.

http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/Sakhalin2010