Every year in early spring, thousands of gray whales migrate up the Pacific coast from their breeding grounds near the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to Alaska. The 10,000 to 14,000 mile migration is the longest of any mammal. Gray whales can grow to 50 feet long and weigh over 40 tons.
Our season in Puget Sound is March, April & May.
We see the same 8 – 10 Grays each year. They are referred to as “Puget Sounders” or “Sounders”. Local research has been done on this group since 1991. They detour from the group and enter Puget Sound to feed on shrimp in their favorite shallows. They can be seen in the Puget Sound around Whidbey island, Camano Island and Hat Island; a short boat ride from our home port in Edmonds. The whales then continue their migration to spend their summer in Alaskan waters.