Follow the Trail
The great Pacific Ocean migration runs like clockwork for an estimated 20,000 gray whales. The mammals winter in the lagoons
of Baja Mexico, mating and birthing calves. Then nearly all of them head to the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska to summer
in the crustacean-rich Arctic. After the males journey north in February, mothers and calves travel together, swimming closer
to shore to protect against deep-water threats like great white sharks and orcas. All in all, it’s a 12,000-mile convoy.
Of course, the sight is spectacular even when you see just one or two. Read on for ways to make the most of your whale-watching vacation.