In a few weeks, airy puffs of ocean spray from gray whales will start decorating the Monterey Bay horizon. In summer, they gorge on millions of small crustaceans and worms in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. As winter nears, they leave their frigid Arctic feeding grounds for the warm lagoons of Baja California.
Gray whale breaches off the Monterey County coast. Photo courtesy NOAA.