Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I took a wrong turn and . . .

Scientists recently spotted a gray whale off the coast of Israel. The scientists think that the whale swam from the Pacific Ocean, through the Northwest Passage, down into the Atlantic, and into the Mediterranean.

Just in case you're wondering, this is not normal behavior for a gray whale. In fact, no one's seen a gray whale in the Atlantic Ocean for over 300 years. Normally, they migrate up and down the North America coast in the Pacific Ocean. Sounds like this one took a wrong turn somewhere.

In honor of our wayward friend, here are some gray whale randoms:

1. A gray whale lives 50-60 years.

2. Males usually grow to a length of 45-46 feet, and females are usually a little bigger. Both males and females weigh about 30-40 tons.

3. Their skin is covered by scratches, barnacles, and orange whale lice (which is apparently found only on the gray whale).

Have a great day, and remember to check your map, or you might find yourself in the wrong ocean.

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