Gray whale an endangered species the gray whale is known as both the friendly whale and the fighting whale yupik eskimos who hunt the gray whale in alaska, and 19th century commercial whalers who hunted the gray whale in mexico have each called it “devil fish” because of its reputation for fighting back and overturning boats when attacked. Gray whales have returned from the brink of extinction in the late 1800s, the gray whale breeding grounds were discovered, and whalers killed a large percentage of the population the drop in population made it no longer profitable to hunt gray whales they were left alone and their numbers recovered. The western north pacific gray whale is on the verge of extinction because of such threats the waters off russia’s sakhalin island, a main feeding habitat for them in the summer, are being targeted for oil and gas development.
There was a time when both the north atlantic right whale and the now extinct atlantic gray whale swam in the waters of the southeastern united states perhaps the two baleen whales both even swam in what is now the gray's reef national marine sanctuary.
Grey whales are endangered and efforts to save them have had little progress this article describes grey whales, their habitats and what is being done to save them our large whales have been depleted by overfishing which began in the 18th century.
The gray whale is a large marine mammal that is part of the baleen whale suborder and belongs to the cetacean family which also includes dolphins and porpoises during the whaling industry, which occurred between the 17th – 20th centuries the gray whale was hunted largely for its oil until the point of near became extinction fortunately with the aid of organizations and the government. Intensive whaling drastically reduced gray whale numbers over the last three to four centuries of the original three gray whale populations, one in the north atlantic is extinct, one is critically endangered in the western north pacific (with as few as 150 individuals remaining), and one has. The gray whale is traditionally placed as the only living species in its genus and family, eschrichtius and eschrichtiidae, but an extinct species was discovered and placed in the genus in 2017, the akishima whale (e akishimaensis.
Top 10 endangered species of whales, complete explanation about how many endangered whale species left which lived in oceans all over the world entanglement in fishing gear, noise pollution, and ship strikes have been the major threats for the gray whale to get closer to extinction.
The atlantic grey whale was living in the north atlantic ocean, and in the eastern north atlantic, baltic and north seas and the english channel the atlantic grey whale may have been the species hunted by whalers the grey whale migrates between feeding and breeding grey whales used to be called fighting fish. Future survival looks uncertain for some whale species, but we have seen glimmers of hope one such success story features the california gray whale, twice hunted to the brink of extinction during peak whaling years legally protected since 1946, gray whales have made an astonishing comeback.