In Chukotka recorded the late meeting of the gray whale

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The staff of the national Park «Beringia» in Chukotka recorded the late meeting of the gray whale in the entire history of observations, according to the institution.

«This year the South-Eastern coast of the Chukotka Peninsula, gray whales are observed by employees of the national Park on 26 December. This is almost a month beats the record of the latest reported meetings of gray whales on the East coast — December 1, 1995», — stated in the message.

Typically, a substantial portion of the Eastern coast of the Chukotka Peninsula, where they feed, gray whales, by the end of December is covered with young ice. So whales are leaving this place in late November. For the second year in a row, the locals noted later, the establishment of the ice cover. The ice takes over or blows away. This gives the whales an additional an opportunity to replenish fat reserves before the long journey to the coast of California.

The grey whale is the most ancient of the baleen whales. They reach a length of 15 meters and weighing up to 37 tons. Females are larger than males. These whales live only in the North Pacific ocean. Along the sea coast of the Chukotka Peninsula are representatives of the Californian-Chukchi population. In shallow areas of the Bering and Chukchi sea gray whale spends much of the warm season — before the first ice. Here whales fattened, and then sent for the winter to the shores of the Peninsula of California.

Gray whale is listed in the red books of Russia, in the International red book are listed in Appendix I of CITES. The total number of the Californian-Chukchi population of gray whales – about 26 thousand individuals.