Safari LTD | Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Life ~ GRAY WHALE
Unlike many other whale species, the gray whale is classified as a species of least concern on the IUCN red list with a stable population trend. This is in large part due to the fact that the International Whaling Commission granted them protection from commercial hunting in the mid-20th century. However, there are still certain isolated populations, such as in the northwest Pacific, that are considered to be endangered.
Also referred to as the gray back whale, the Pacific gray whale, and the California gray whale, the gray whale is a baleen whale found off the western coast of North America and the eastern coast of Asia. While not as large as some other whale species, they can still grow to lengths of 50 feet.