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  • Giants of the Ocean: Whale Facts

    February 12, 2015

    At the top of the food chain, whales play a vital role in the overall health of the environment. WWF documents and protects critical feeding and breeding areas, and migration routes of whales. We also work to help shift shipping lanes to limit noise and other disruptions for whales and other marine species.

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  • A Fluke of a Day

    September 08, 2014

    The WWF National Council took a whale-watching trip to the Farallon Islands, a National Wildlife Sanctuary 30 miles off the coast of our home city of San Francisco.

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  • Gray Whales' Remarkable Migration

    March 05, 2013

    Gray whales migrate more than 10,000 miles roundtrip each year—one of the longest for any mammal on Earth. Each winter and spring, their spectacular migration between northern feeding grounds and southern nursery areas offers amazing opportunities for whale watchers along the west coast. The Arctic feeding grounds of the gray whale are critical to their survival, as they must eat enough to sustain them until they return the next year.

     

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  • Whale Encounter Illustrates Urgent Need to Keep Waters Healthy

    February 21, 2012

    We hit the trifecta. After an 18-hour boat ride through the wild waters of the Pacific, we reached Magdalena Bay, Mexico. The water was still. The sky was solid blue. We were told by our guides that dozens of gray whales, each just a few weeks old, were in this part of the bay and at the stage of their life when they wanted to do what all children want to do: play. It was the perfect set-up for whale watching.

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