Passengers of different boats in the waters of the south of California they caught one gray whale giving birth to her calfthis video has already been considered a “once in a lifetime sighting”, since there is no record of any clip or photograph of this type of biological process, according to the news network foxnews.
In an interview for the television channel, Stacie Fox, one of the spectators of the event commented that it has been “a unique experience” to see these animals near the boats. The travel agency shared a video through its social networks, where the moment is appreciated in which this great cetacean introduces its calf to the sea after calving.
This moment was captured through a drone that was flying over near the boats. In its same publication, the agency specified that the different workers who have worked with them in the last 25 years, they had never seen what the birth of a gray whale was like.
In the video you can see how the baby whale follows its mother to the side and begins to swim around. Initially the workers of the place believed that they were witnessing an event of animal predationsince they thought that the crustacean calf was a shark that was attacking the gray whale.
“The newborn calf began to learn to walk and interact with its mother,” the agency explained in the description of the video posted on its YouTube channel. At some point in the audiovisual it is possible to appreciate how the female takes her son towards the boats as a sign of “presenting” her offspring.
Dr. Thomas Demére explained in the digital portal of the San Diego Museum of Natural History, that the females of these cetaceans only give birth once every two years and that it’s usually just a baby.
The reproduction process of this member of the Eschrichtiidae family generally occurs in the bays cupcake Y scammonas well as some lagoons on the west coast of lower californiaAlthough there are also cases of pregnancy during the migration process to the south, explained the specialist in evolution.
Captains Dave’s recounted that whale births off the coast of Dana Point are very raresince they generally like to give birth in warm areas and in places where they are not easy prey for predators.
The gray whale gestation period lasts 12 to 13 months, once the calves are born underwater they are able to swim immediately. During their development process depends, at least, half a year on their motherafter this period of time the juvenile whales begin to be “independent”, Demére explained.
Historically, the gray whale has gone through several ups and downs in population terms, according to records from the 19th century, cited by Dr. thomas demerethere were about 1,000 whales that swam off the coast of San Diegoas a result of excessive hunting.
After some measures were taken in 1970 this species recovered remarkably, it even reached population levels prior to the arrival of the whalersreported the specialist.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that between 2016 and 2020, the number of specimens in the Pacific Ocean plummeted by almost 25 percent as part of an “unusual mortality event”.
Despite the fact that population levels have been unstable in recent centuries, the gray whale is not in danger of extinction, according to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).