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Keywords:

  • gray whale;
  • Eschrichtius robustus;
  • body length;
  • body weight;
  • growth

Abstract

Mean body lengths of gray whale calves were found to increase linearly from 4.6 m at birth to 7 m by weaning at six mo. After weaning, rates of length increase diminish, with calves reaching 8 m by one yr of age and 9 m by two yr. Evaluations of the weights of nine gray whales as functions of their measured lengths and girths reduce the emphasis placed on fast-induced seasonal variations in girth by Rice and Wolman (1971). From birth weights of just under one metric ton, calves double their weights by three mo of age and double again by weaning at six mo.