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Piedras Blancas, CA



Juvenile Western Gull flying over the Central CA coast.
Location:  Piesdras BlancasPhoto Credit: Nicole Beaulieu Year Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2502.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGlaucous-Winged Gull flying over Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2503.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CACormorants fishing on the rocky coast near Piedras Blancas. Cormorants dive for fish underwater.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2504.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASea otter in kelp. Sea otters feed on sea urchins, crustaceans, and mollusks that live on the kelp forest floor.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2505.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAMother and baby sea otter in kelp. Sea otters are commonly found in the kelp forests of Piedras Blancas. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2506.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA stranded gray whale fluke, compared to researcher Nicole Beaulieu's foot. Gray whale flukes can be up to 3 m wide.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2507.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAn aerial photogrammetry survey over the coast of Santa Catalina Island, CA. Photogrammetry consists of taking pictures of whales and other marine mammals to estimate the size and health of a population.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2508.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAn aerial photogrammetry survey over the coast of Santa Catalina Island, CA. Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2509.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAThe NOAA Twin Otter airplane, used in aerial photogrammetry surveys.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2510.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASunset over the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2511.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA gray whale expelling water out of its blowhole to breathe. The water column is called a blow.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2512.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Morgan Lynn ready to take pictures of gray whales offshore of Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2513.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA gray whale blow. Blows are usually 3-4 m tall and bushy or heart shaped.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2514.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CABarnacle colony growing on a tidepool near Piedras Blancas. One species of barnacle lives exclusively on the gray whale.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2515.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CACalifornia sea lion colony, seen through the big-eye telescopic lens. Sea lions haul out at the rocks near Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2516.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo gray whales blowing at the surface near Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2517.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA large wave hitting the Piedras Blancas Rocks. The weather along the central CA coast can change quickly from warm and sunny to cold and foggy. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2518.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearchers, Jim Caretta and Holly Fearnbach, at Piedras Blancas. Research is done in 3 hour shifts, with 1.5 hours looking for nearshore whales and 1.5 hours spent looking for offshore whales.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2519.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale at the surface, in kelp forest.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2520.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CANorthern elephant seal rookery (breeding colony) at Piedras Blancas, CA. Around 17,000 elephant seals come to Piedras Blancas to breed and molt (replace their skin).Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2521.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASilverstream trailer used as a research station at Piedras Blancas, CA. Two sets of big eye lenses are used- one for whales inshore of the point and the other for whales offshore of the point.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2000Contact: SWFSC anim2522.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial view of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Station.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2523.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearch station at Piedras Blancas. The large binoculars are called big-eye lenses, and can measure the distance to a gray whale. The board behind the researchers is used as a windbreak. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2524.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPeregrine Falcon flying over. Peregrine Falcons nest in the cliffs near Piedras Blancas. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2008Contact: SWFSC anim2525.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CABreaching gray whale. Gray whales breach to communicate or even to play.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2526.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale mother, called a cow, and baby, called a calf.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2527.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial view of a gray whale cow and calf.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 1997Contact: SWFSC anim2528.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Corey Sheredy searching the water for whales.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2529.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CA Researchers, Kate Achilles and Claire Surrey-Marsden, scanning the sea at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2530.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAClaire Surrey-Marsden, searching for whales at Piedras Blancas while pregnant.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2531.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo gray whales at the surface.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2532.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAResearchers Susan Chivers and Siri Hakala scanning the sea at Granite Canyon, CA. Granite Canyon research focuses on counting the gray whale population during the southward migration.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2533.jpg

Barrow, AKIn October 1988, three gray whales were discovered trapped in pack ice by local Eskimos near Point Barrow, Alaska. NOAA led the rescue effort that used icebreaker ships to free the whales.Location: Barrow, AKPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 1988Contact: SWFSC anim2534.jpg

Baja California, MexicoA gray whale sticking its head out of the water to look around, a behavior known as spyhopping.Location: Baja California, MexicoPhoto Credit: Charles Stinchcomb (NOAA Fisheries)Year Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2535.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPiedras Blancas Lighthouse, site of the northbound migration survey. The lighthouse began operating in 1875, and continues working today.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2536.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe road leading to Piedras Blancas. Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area is run by the Bureau of Land Management, and used by NOAA for northbound gray whale migration surveys.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2537.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of two gray whale blows. Gray whales blows are visible from up to 4 km away.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2538.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaA young western Pacific gray whale breaching off the coast of Sakhalin Island, Russia. Gray Whales are divided into two populations: a western population, which summers in Russia and winters in China; and an eastern population, which summers in Alaska and winters in Baja Mexico. Note the extensive scarring or “rake marks” from killer whale teeth.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2539.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA gray whale cow and calf surfacing in a kelp paddy, next to two sea otters. Gray whales will swim in the kelp paddies to avoid killer whales, their chief predator. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2540.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo gray whales swimming near the surface.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2541.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAn aerial view of the Piedras Blancas Light Station.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2002Contact: SWFSC anim2542.jpg

Central CaliforniaAerial shot of a gray whale.Location: Central CaliforniaPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2543.jpg

Central CaliforniaAerial view of a gray whale.Location: Central CaliforniaPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2544.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASunset at the Piedras Blancas Light House.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2545.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial view of Piedras Blancas. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 1980Contact: SWFSC anim2546.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial view of Piedras Blancas Light House. A local elephant seal colony is visible in the cove on the upper left side.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2002Contact: SWFSC anim2547.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial view of Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 1980Contact: SWFSC anim2548.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Bob Pitman searching the water for whales.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2549.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Bob Pitman pointing out a whale, as Jenna Borberg records data.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2550.jpg

Central CaliforniaAn aerial view of a pregnant gray whale cow migrating south. Gray whales migrate south from Alaska to give brith in warm, protected lagoons in Baja Mexico. Location: Central CaliforniaPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 1997Contact: SWFSC anim2551.jpg

Baja California, MexicoGray whale spyhopping near a boat. Gray whales are among the most curious whales, willingly approaching boats to investigate them.Location: Baja California, MexicoPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2552.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAA pod of gray whales travelling near the surface.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: NOAA FisheriesYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2553.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaFluke-up dive of a female western gray whale nicknamed “Pirate” due to the skull and crossbones coloration pattern on the right side of her fluke.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: D. Weller (NOAA Fisheries)Year Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2554.jpg

Latitude 28.067 N by Longitude 115.150 WSurfacing gray whale visible from a tuna boat. NOAA observers of tuna and dolphins on U.S. tuna boats occasionally spotted gray whales en route from San Diego, CA to the fishing grounds in the eastern Pacific.Location: Latitude 28.067 N by Longitude 115.150 WPhoto Credit: J.W. Ploeger (courtesy of Al Jackson)Year Taken: 1973Contact: SWFSC anim2555.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAn aerial shot of a gray whale cow and calf migrating south from Alaska to the protected birthing and nursing lagoons in Baja Mexico. Cows will give birth along the way south.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2556.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAn aerial view of a gray whale cow and calf. Calves are usually born during the southward migration. Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2557.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial view of a pregnant gray whale.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2558.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAn aerial shot of a gray whale blow. Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2559.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAn aerial view of a pod of gray whales. Gray whales are distinguished by their narrow, triangular heads and by a knobby back ridge near the fluke instead of a dorsal fin.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2560.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial shot of a pod of whales. An aerial survey plane has three cameras, designed to give a panoramic shot of the water and whales below. Note the white caps on the ocean surface showing wind action.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2561.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Nicole Beaulieu looking through a big eye binocular lens at the Piedras Blancas research station. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2501.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA young red-tailed hawk flying near the rocks at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2603.jpg

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Piedras Blancas, CATwo gray whales surfacing near Piedras Blancas. Note the large barnacle growths on the whales.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2605.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial photo of a gray whale cow and calf. The average gray whale calf length at birth is 5 meters (16 feet four inches).Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2002Contact: SWFSC anim2606.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo researchers, Richard Rowlett and Barbara Taylor observing whales.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2607.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Richard Rowlett using the big eye binoculars at Piedras Blancas. These lenses are marked with degree measurements that can be used to estimate the distance to a whale.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2608.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial view of Piedras Blancas Light House. White seabird guano on the rocks gave the location its name Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2609.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAView of an elephant seal colony at Piedras Blancas. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1997Contact: SWFSC anim2610.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto of two young elephant seals at Piedras Blancas. The elephant seals come ashore for about 2 months every year to breed, give birth, and molt into a new epidermis.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2611.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial photo of a small pod of gray whales. Gray Whales usually travel alone or in pairs during the migrations, but will sometimes travel in larger pods of several animals.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2562.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial view of a pregnant gray whale, as evidenced by the rotund lower section. The foam behind the whale is from the fluke hitting the water. Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2563.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial shot of a pod of gray whales.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2564.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial shot of a pod of gray whales.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2565.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial shot of a small pod of whales. Note the back rising out of the water of the whale on the far right as it prepares to dive under.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2566.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Jessica Lipsky using the big eye lenses to find gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2567.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearchers, Monica Deangelis and Alex Von Saunder, sitting in front of the airstream trailer used to store research materials at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1995Contact: SWFSC anim2568.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAView of incoming clouds in front of the research trailer in Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2569.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAMonica Deangelis and two Russian gray whale scientists searching for gray whales off the central California coast. The Russians learned how to manage the western population of gray whales from working with NOAA scientists.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2570.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo researchers, Monica Deangelis and Richard Rowlett, on the lookout for gray whales at Piedras Blancas. Research is divided into 3 hour shifts, with half of one shift spent searching for inshore whales and the other half spent looking for offshore whales.  Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1998Contact: SWFSC anim2571.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Bob Pitman using a magnifier on a light table to find gray whales on film taken during an aerial survey.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1998Contact: SWFSC anim2572.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CA Researchers, Steve Riley, Bob Pitman, Lisa Ballance, searching for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2573.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Susan Chivers taking a tissue sample from a young gray whale stranded on the central California coast. Tissue sample analysis provides valuable data about the life history of gray whales. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2574.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA picture of thermal sensing cameras loaned to NOAA by the U.S. army. Thermal cameras were used by NOAA researchers to detect gray whale blows at night, and provided evidence that the rate of migration at night is the same as during the day. Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2575.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Wayne Perryman using the big eye binoculars.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2576.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAThermal sensing cameras and monitors used at Granite Canyon Research Station in CA. These thermal cameras are used to detect gray whale blows.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2577.jpg

Granite Canyon, CACarrie Leduc and Aimee Lang at Granite Canyon. The computer has visual tracking software used to predict where the whales will surface next.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2578.jpg

Granite Canyon, CATwo thermal cameras used to record the whales at Granite Canyon, CA. The cameras were run day and night to record dfiferences between observes and day and night migrationLocation: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2579.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAFour researchers inside a trailer at Granite Canyon, CA. Two teams of researchers count the whale population independently of each other, to check their count's accuracy. From right to left Aimee Lang, Steve Riley, Jeremy Rusin, George Watters.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2008Contact: SWFSC anim2580.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA view of one of the trailers used at Granite Canyon. Each team of researchers counts the whales from a different trailer. Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2008Contact: SWFSC anim2581.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAPicture of a submerged gray whale at Granite Canyon, CA. The markings on the skin are from colonies of whale lice and barnacles which live on the whale. Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2582.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA re-analyzed chart of gray whale population from 1970 through 2000. The conservation efforts led by NOAA helped the gray whale recover enough to get off the endangered species list. The estimates have some variability, shown by the range given for each year.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2008Contact: SWFSC anim2583.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAResearchers, Kim Sheldon and Janice Wait,from the National Marine Mammal labs using a theodolite to track gray whale speed at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2008Contact: SWFSC anim2584.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAObserving sheds at Granite Canyon, used by observers from the national marine mammal laboratories in Seattle. Each observer works independently of the others.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2585.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAResearchers using the big eye lenses inside the observing sheds at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2586.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAAerial photo of Granite Canyon research station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2587.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAView of the two observing trailers at Granite Canyon. Granite Canyon focuses on abundance  surveys, counting the total gray whale population. The counts have 10% variation around the total estimate.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2588.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAView of the rocky tidepools with Piedras Blancas Light Station in the background.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2589.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAWaves crashing along the rocky tidepools of the central CA coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2590.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo researchers using big eye binoculars to look for whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2591.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Richard Rowlett observing whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2592.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of Piedras Blancas light station in 2010, before major restorations.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2593.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Dave Weller using the big eye binoculars (25x150) at Piedras Blancas. These lenses are marked with degree measurements that can be used to estimate the distance to a whale.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2594.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAView of observation post with Corey Sheredy and David Weller at Piedras Blancas from the front. The back board is used as a windbreaker.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2595.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Vicki Pease recording gray whale counts at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2596.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearchers from right to left: Jim Carretta, Wayne Perryman, Corey Sheredy, Jim Boucher (head Ranger at Piedras Blancas) near two rows of baleen they recovered from a stranded whale at Piedras Blancas. Gray whales are filter feeders, using their very coarse and short baleen to feed on small bottom dwelling amphipods (a type of crustacean).Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2597.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA cow calf pair swimming near shore at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2598.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA panorama of the observation point at Piedras Blancas. Researchers use the rocks in the water as landmarks for pointing out gray whales to each other.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2599.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Jim Carretta looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2600.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto of the renovated Piedras Blancas Lighthouse beyond the rocky central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2601.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARed-Tailed Hawk swooping near the ground at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2602.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CABobcat roaming through the brush at Piedras Blancas, CA. Bobcats are crepuscular, mostly active at dawn and dusk. The elusive creatures hunt rabbits and other small mammals.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2664.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CADave Weller, Morgan Lynn, and Richard Rowlett on the lookout for whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2665.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe house where researchers live while working at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2666.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAFour Rufous Hummingbirds flying near a feeder at Piedras Blancas, CA. These hummingbirds are very territorial, and will chase each other and other species away from feeders.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2667.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThree Rufous Hummingbirds flying near a feeder at Piedras Blancas, CA.  These hummingbirds migrate from the Pacific Northwest in the summer to Southern Mexico in the winter.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2668.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo researchers at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1994Contact: SWFSC anim2669.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAMonica Deangelis searching for gray whales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2670.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo researchers, Richard Rowlett and Carrie LeDuc, counting gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2671.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett, Wayne Perryman, and Penny Perryman, researching gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2672.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAn elephant seal pup.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2612.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto of Bob-the-Crow, a crow who became accustomed to the researcher's presence, and would land on their equipment, such as the big-eye binoculars. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2613.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASunrise over the mountains near the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2614.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPortrait of an elephant seal cow at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2615.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo young elephant seals playing in the shallow water of Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2616.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASeveral elephant seal cows relaxing on the beach.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2617.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo elephant seal pups play-fighting on the beach at Piedras Blancas. After their mother leaves the rookery for the ocean, weaned elephant seal pups will still wait for her to come back, until they lose so much weight and get such baggy skin that they start fishing for themselves.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2618.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearchers, Wayne Perryman and Richard Rowlett, observing whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2619.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo bull elephant seals. Elephant seals earned their name from their large, bulbous noses, which resemble an elephant's trunk.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2620.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo bull elephant seals fighting. Male elephant seals are territorial, and will fight for control of a rookery beach and access to females. In this picture, the alpha male is defending his harem from a male coming onto the beach.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2621.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA photo of the leaders of research programs at SWFSC at Piedras Blancas. From left to right Tim Gerrodette, Wayne Perryman, Peter Dutton, Jay Barlow, Jeremy Rusin, Lisa Ballance, Steve Riley, Barbara Taylor.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2622.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of the Piedras Blancas Light Station, with incoming clouds. Weather can change quickly along the coast, from warm and sunny to cloudy and cool.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2623.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto of a gray whale in shallow water near Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2624.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CACalifornia Condor flying over the central California coast. Condors almost went extinct in the 1980s, but were saved thanks to conservation efforts. They have been reintroduced back to the central coast, and are sometimes seen at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2625.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo California Condors. All Condors are tagged and monitored. Condors usually come to Piedras Blancas to scavenge on dead, beached marine mammals.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2626.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPanorama of the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2627.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAPhoto of Dave Rugh and Wayne Perryman at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2628.jpg

Granite Canyon, CASunset over the ocean along the central California coast.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2629.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWaves along the rocky coast near Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2630.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAThe rocky, wave sculpted coastline near Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2631.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWaves and sunset on the central coast of California.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2632.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAHarbor seal portrait at Granite Canyon. Harbor seals usually spend about half of their time resting on land, with the other half spent feeding on fish, crustaceans, squid, and octopus in the ocean.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2633.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAHarbor seal relaxing on a rock at Granite Canyon. Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2634.jpg

Granite Canyon, CALandscape shot of marine layer fog coming onshore at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2635.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAView of the ocean from the observer trailer at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2636.jpg

Granite Canyon, CASunrise in the clouds at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2637.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWaves crashing into the rocky central California coastline.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2638.jpg

Granite Canyon, CASea otter in the foam. Sea otters stay warm in the ocean through their very dense fur (up to a million hairs per square inch) and their high metabolism.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2639.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAScreen capture of whale tracking software used at Granite Canyon. Researchers input a whale's observed location (the red dot) and the computer plots an area (white box) where the whale will most likely surface next.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2640.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaDr. Bob Brownell, founder of the Russia-U.S. research program on western gray whales, observing gray whales from the Piltun lighthouse on Sakhalin Island, Russia.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 1998Contact: SWFSC anim2641.jpg

Sakhalin Island, Russia1999 Russia-U.S. western gray whale research team.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: Dave WellerYear Taken: 1999Contact: SWFSC anim2642.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaDave Weller occupying his time while waiting for the weather to improve.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 1999Contact: SWFSC anim2643.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaRussia-U.S. research team greeting the arrival of colleagues and provisions.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 1999Contact: SWFSC anim2644.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaSnow arrives early (1 September) in the far east of Russia. Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 1999Contact: SWFSC anim2645.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaDave Weller and Grisha Tsidulko collecting firewood for the field camp.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 2000Contact: SWFSC anim2646.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaBernd Wursig and Bob Brownell making bread.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 2000Contact: SWFSC anim2647.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaSergey Kuchin counting western gray whales from the Piltun lighthouse.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2648.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaAnalyzing photo-identification data after a day in the field.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2649.jpg

Sakhalin Island, Russia2007 Russia-U.S. western gray whale research team.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: Dave WellerYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2650.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaAimee Lang and Amanda Bradford returning to camp after a full day working in the company of western gray whales.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: G. Tsidulko (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2651.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaThe Russia-U.S. field camp on the northeast coast of Sakhalin Island, Russia.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2652.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaAlexander Burdin, co-leader of the Russia-U.S. western gray whale research team.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 1998Contact: SWFSC anim2653.jpg

Okhotsk Sea, RussiaBarnacles and cyamids (i.e. “whale lice”) on the head of a western gray whale summering in the Okhotsk Sea.Location: Okhotsk Sea, RussiaPhoto Credit: Dave WellerYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2654.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaAn example of the mottled coloration pattern of a western gray whale that is useful for photo-identifying individuals.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: Dave WellerYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2655.jpg

Okhotsk Sea, RussiaA western gray whale feeding in the Okhotsk Sea off northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia. Note the near proximity of offshore oil and gas platforms.Location: Okhotsk Sea, RussiaPhoto Credit: Dave WellerYear Taken: 2001Contact: SWFSC anim2656.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaView of the Russia-U.S. western gray whale research camp on Sakhalin Island, Russia.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 1998Contact: SWFSC anim2657.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaView of the Russia-U.S. western gray whale research camp on Sakhalin Island, Russia.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: A. Bradford (Courtesy of Dave Weller)Year Taken: 1998Contact: SWFSC anim2658.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaRussia-U.S. western gray whale research team preparing to fly to Sakhalin Island on a Russian MI-8 helicopter.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: Dave WellerYear Taken: 1998Contact: SWFSC anim2659.jpg

Sakhalin Island, RussiaHyun Woo Kim, Aimee Lang and Amanda Bradford collecting photo-ID images of western gray whales off Sakhalin Island, Russia. They are wearing bright orange survival suits, also called mustang suits, to survive in case of falling in the 30° F water.Location: Sakhalin Island, RussiaPhoto Credit: Dave WellerYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2660.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA vantage point of research trailer at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2661.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAMoving the airstream trailer at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2662.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAView of the airstream trailer and lighthouse at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2663.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWaves crashing into the rocks at Granite Canyon, CA.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2726.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWaves racing onshore at Granite Canyon, CA, a SWFSC gray whale field station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2727.jpg

Granite Canyon, CASeawater draining off the rocks along the central California coast.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2728.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWaves crash onto shore near Granite Canyon, CA, a SWFSC gray whale field station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2729.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWater drains off the rocks at Granite Canyon, CA, a SWFSC gray whale field station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2730.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAGray whale researcher Mary Grady poses with her camera.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2731.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAGray whale scientists Rod Hobbs, Dave Rugh, Mary Grady, Wayne Perryman, Sue Rief, and Barbara Taylor pose with the Pacific Ocean behind them.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2732.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearchers counting gray whales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2673.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearchers Tom Martin, Monica DeAngelis, and Wayne Perryman, kayaking at Piedras Blancas, CA to get a better view of gray whales.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2674.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale researchers Julie Rivers, Richard Rowlett, and Wayne Perryman at the Piedras Blancas, CA field station.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1994Contact: SWFSC anim2675.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA Brown Pelican at the Piedras Blancas gray whale field station. Brown Pelicans dive into the water to catch fish.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2676.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of a California Gull through the big eye lens, a telescope used in counting gray whales. The angle to the horizon is visible on the bottom of the picture. Using that angle and trigonometry, the distance to the object in the view finder can be calculated.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2677.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAResearcher Nicky Beaulieu with the cameras used for aerial photogrammetry  surveys of gray whales. The three cameras are angled so that the entire ocean surface below the plane can be seen in the pictures.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2678.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of the landmarks researchers use for guiding each other to find whales. The rocks in the bay are called The Rocks, and the tall rock on land is called The Pinnacle.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2679.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of the rocks researchers use as landmarks to place whales in the water. From left to right: The Pinnacle, The Hump, and The Three Sisters. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2680.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of the rocks at the Piedras Blancas gray whale field station.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2681.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CALooking through a pair of big eye lenses at Piedras Blancas. The number reticules can be converted into angle measurements, and when used with trigonometry, turned into distances to a whale that is within the view. There is a breaching humpback near the number 6 reticule. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2682.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA flight of Brown Pelicans over an elephant seal colony at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2683.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAScientist Nicole Beaulieu posing near a gray whale vertebrae at Piedras Blancas Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2684.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAScientist Nicole Beaulieu searching for gray whales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2685.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPicture of big eye lenses, the instrument used to locate gray whales, at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2686.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAHarbor seals lounging onshore at Piedras Blancas as seen through a big eye lens.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2687.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of marine layer fog moving onshore, with big-eye lenses, the instrument used in locating and counting gray whales, in the foreground. Fog can reduce visibility, making it difficult to count whales.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2688.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA foggy day at Piedras Blancas, a gray whale field stationLocation: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2689.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA clear day at Piedras Blancas, a gray whale field station.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Nicole BeaulieuYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2690.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of the house at Piedras Blancas that is the researchers' home while they work at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2691.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale swimming at the surface near shore at Piedras Blancas. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2692.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Barbara Taylor looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2693.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of the houses used by NOAA during gray whale research, seen from the top of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2694.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA picture of the beacon used at Piedras Blancas light house. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2695.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAMorgan Lynn with the sign marking the entrance to Piedras Blancas, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2696.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Wayne Perryman being interviewed by a Korean News Station doing a story on gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2697.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale researcher Morgan Lynn, with the Coastal Range and Hearst Castle visible in the background.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Morgan LynnYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2698.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA young elephant seal swimming at the surface at Piedras Blancas, CA. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2699.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of waves crashing onto the shore along the Central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2700.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of the research station and lighthouse at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2701.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo researchers, Jay Barlow and Holly Fearnbach, on the lookout for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2702.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAn elephant seal cow baring its teeth. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2703.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of a small elephant seal rookery, with the Piedras Blancas lighthouse visible in the background.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2704.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo elephant seal pups play-fighting at Piedras Blancas. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2705.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CATwo weaned elephant seal pups playing at Piedras Blancas rookery. Their loose, baggy skin is a sign that their mother has left them to fish in the ocean, and that they have been living off their own fat reserves.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2706.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAWayne Perryman and Richard Rowlett looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2707.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CACalifornia poppies and other wildflowers along the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2708.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAMoonset over Piedras Blancas and the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2709.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAFog and clouds rolling toward the coast at Piedras Blancas. Bad weather makes counting the gray whales difficult.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2710.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale surfacing in the middle of a kelp paddy along the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2711.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWaves crashing along the beach near Granite Canyon, CA, a SWFSC gray whale field station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2712.jpg

Granite Canyon, CASunset along the central California coast.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2713.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAThe rocky coastline of central California near Granite Canyon, CA, a gray whale research station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2714.jpg

Granite Canyon, CARocky canyons facing the Pacific Ocean along the central California coast.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2715.jpg

Granite Canyon, CALarge cumulonimbus clouds high over the central California coast.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2716.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAOne of the numerous granite rock canyons for which Granite Canyon research site was named.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2717.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA white Great Egret fishing among several Heerman's Gulls at Granite Canyon, CA, a gray whale research station. Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2718.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAThe rocky Pacific coast along Central CaliforniaLocation: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2719.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAHarbor seal at Granite Canyon, CA, a gray whale research station. Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2720.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAWaves rushing onto the rocky shore of Granite Canyon, CA.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2721.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA researcher searching for gray whales at Granite Canyon, CA.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2722.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAThe research trailers used at Granite Canyon, with a view of the central California coast.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2723.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA conifer tree holds on as the waves pummel the coast of central California.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2724.jpg

Granite Canyon, CASunrise over the mountains near Granite Canyon, CA.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Barbara TaylorYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2725.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA researcher using binoculars to search for gray whales off Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2784.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett and Vicki Pease searching for gray whales off Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2785.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAWayne Perryman and Vicki Pease on duty searching for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2786.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett looking for gray whales off Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2787.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAn aerial shot of a pod of gray whales off Piedras Blancas. Aerial surveys are conducted to accurately count the gray whale population.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2788.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial shot of a pod of gray whales migrating north off the California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2789.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Aimee Lang on duty searching for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2790.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAimee Lang and Jim Caretta looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2791.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAimee Lang and Stephanie Neuhisel observing gray whales at Piedras Blancas. The board behind them is used as a windshield.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2792.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial view of a lone gray whale underwater off the California coast.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2733.jpg

Santa Catalina Island, CAAerial view of a gray whale cow and calf.Location: Santa Catalina Island, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2735.jpg

Granite Canyon, CABig-eye lenses connected to video-recording equipment at Granite Canyon. These lenses are used to search for gray whales. They are placed on the wood to lock them in  position. By measuring the angle to the horizon, the distance to a whale can be measured.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2737.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA picture of thermal imaging cameras used to record night-time migration rates at Granite Canyon. The cameras record pictures of the gray whale blows.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2738.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAAimee Lang and Carrie Leduc searching for gray whales at Granite Canyon, CA.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2739.jpg

Granite Canyon, CADave Rugh searching for gray whales atop an observation shed at Granite Canyon, CA.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2740.jpg

Granite Canyon, CATwo researchers, Aimee Lang and Steve Riley, searching for gray whales at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2008Contact: SWFSC anim2741.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA view of the houses that make up the Granite Canyon research station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2742.jpg

Granite Canyon, CATwo researchers, Aimee Lang and Carrie Leduc, observing gray whales at Granite Canyon. Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2743.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAAerial view of the Granite Canyon Research Station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2744.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAGranite Canyon pond.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2745.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAKim Sheldon from the National Marine Mammals Laboratory searching for gray whales from an observation shed at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2746.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAMeghan Donahue, Jim Larczak, and Kim Sheldon using a theodolite to track gray whales at Granite Canyon, CA.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: Contact: SWFSC anim2747.jpg

Granite Canyon, CATwo researchers, Aimee Lang and Carrie LeDuc in the trailer searching for migrating gray whales at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2748.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAThermal imaging cameras at Granite Canyon, in view of research trailers.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2749.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of a blowing gray whale very close to shore at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1995Contact: SWFSC anim2750.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAMonica DeAngelis pulling in her kayak at Piedras Blancas. Researchers often use kayaks to get better views and counts of migrating gray whales.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1995Contact: SWFSC anim2751.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe Piedras Lighthouse, before major renovations.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1994Contact: SWFSC anim2753.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAlex Von Saunder, Tom Martin, and Richard Rowlett looking for gray whales outside the research trailer at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1994Contact: SWFSC anim2754.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAJenna Borberg and Richard Rowlett looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2000Contact: SWFSC anim2755.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett and Tom Martin observing gray whales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2756.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe Airstream trailer used by gray whale researchers in its parking spot at the Piedras Blancas research station.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2757.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPlacing the trailer for locating and observing gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2758.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA breaching gray whale off Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2759.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA gray whale exhaling and blowing water off Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2000Contact: SWFSC anim2760.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASeveral Rufous Hummingbirds gather around a feeder at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2761.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThree Rufous Hummingbirds gathering around a feeder at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2762.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, which was built in the 1860s, before major repairwork.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2008Contact: SWFSC anim2763.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA gray whale cow and calf pair, with the calf making a very small blow, off Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2764.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale researcher Wayne Perryman at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2765.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2766.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPiedras Blancas Lighthouse and gray whale research station.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2767.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAWaves crashing into the cliff beneath the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2768.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAWaves pounding the central California coast at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2769.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA choppy ocean with the Piedras Blancas rocks in the background. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2770.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale researcher Jim Caretta using a metal detector during some downtime at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2771.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett using the big-eye lenses to observe gray whales migrating northward along the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2772.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett using the big eye lenses to observe gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2773.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA view of Piedras Blancas light house, with the transition from gravel road to paved road clearly visible in the foreground.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2774.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett using the big eye lenses to spot migrating gray whales at the Piedras Blancas research station.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2775.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale researcher Susan Chivers at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2776.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearchers Vicki Pease (at left) and Amanda Bowman (at right) at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2777.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearcher Corey Sheredy using the big-eye lenses to search for whales off Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2778.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAResearchers Corey Sheredy (on left) and Dave Weller (on right) searching for gray whales off Piedras Blancas. One researcher looks for whales offshore of the point Piedras Blancas is on, while the other looks inshore of the point.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2779.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CADave Weller and Corey Sheredy looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2780.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe bluff on which the gray whale research outpost sits at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2781.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CADave Weller searches through the big-eye lenses as Eiren Jacobson looks on.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2782.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe cliffs of Piedras Blancas at low tide, with a small rookery of elephant seals visible on the beach in the foreground.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2011Contact: SWFSC anim2783.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPiedras Blancas Lighthouse, the site of NOAA's gray whale northbound migration survey.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2811.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett using the big eye lenses to search for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2812.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett and Jason Appler searching for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2813.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAVicki Pease using the big eye lenses to search for migrating graywhales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2004Contact: SWFSC anim2814.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAJenna Borberg and Lisa Ballance looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2815.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAJessica Lipsky and Katie Cramer searching for gray whales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2816.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett and Jessica Lipsky observing gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2007Contact: SWFSC anim2817.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAPaula Olson and Annie Douglas looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2002Contact: SWFSC anim2818.jpg

b>Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett and Jenna Borberg searching for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2819.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CARichard Rowlett, Lisa Ballance, and Bob Pitman Looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2003Contact: SWFSC anim2820.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAMeghan Donahue and John Heyning dissecting a stranded baby sperm whale at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1994Contact: SWFSC anim2821.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAAerial image of a gray whale cow and calf migrating through a kelp paddy off the coast of central California.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2009Contact: SWFSC anim2822.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASusan Chivers and Corey Sheredy looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2793.jpg

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Piedras Blancas, CAA gray whale cow and calf pair moving northward along the coast off Piedras Blancas. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2794.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA panorama of the houses gray whale researchers live in while working at Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2795.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASusan Chivers looking for gray whales off the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2796.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASusan Chivers searching for gray whales off Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2797.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CACorey Sheredy using the big eye lenses to find gray whales migrating off of Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2798.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CASusan Chivers (in foreground) and Corey Sheredy (in background) looking for gray whales at Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2799.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe newly renovated Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2800.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAA dead stranded whale at Piedras Blancas. Dead whales are an important food source for scavengers based on land or sea. Scientific studies of dead whales also provide valuable information about their physiology and anatomy. Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2801.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAGray whale researchers, Corey Sheredy (facing camera) and Susan Chivers (pointing), and big eye lenses, the equipment used to locate gray whales and their distance from land.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2012Contact: SWFSC anim2802.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAThe Granite Canyon gray whale research station.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2803.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAA rainbow over the ocean after a rainy day along the central California coast, seen from the research trailer.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2804.jpg

Granite Canyon, CAResearcher Rod Hobbs walking near the iceplant along the seashore at Granite Canyon.Location: Granite Canyon, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2010Contact: SWFSC anim2805.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAHolly Fearnbach and Jim Caretta observing gray whales off Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2806.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThree Researchers, Alex Von Saunder, Tom Martin, and Richard Rowlett, looking for gray whales off the central California coast.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 1996Contact: SWFSC anim2807.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAHolly Fearnbach, Jim Caretta, and Meghan Donahue looking for gray whales off Piedras Blancas.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2808.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CABob Pitman searching for gray whales off Piedras Blancas, CA.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2005Contact: SWFSC anim2809.jpg

Piedras Blancas, CAThe Piedras Blancas lighthouse, as seen from the entry road.Location: Piedras Blancas, CAPhoto Credit: Wayne PerrymanYear Taken: 2006Contact: SWFSC anim2810.jpg