Community science helps in our studies of gray whales in Oregon.
What makes a good photograph of a gray whale?
Gray whales are very easy to spot from the shore in Oregon, so it’s also relatively easy to take their photo. And, if you spot and photograph a gray whale while in a boat, we can use those photos too, but please do not approach it closer than 100 yards (that’s a rule, but we know that sometimes whales come close to your boat, so just shut your engine off and snap your photos!).
Gray whales can have subtle markings that we use to distinguish one whale from another. So high quality photos help us a lot. We use photos of the whales’ fluke and of its left and right-side flanks, particularly the area around its first dorsal knuckle.
All of the above photos were taken from shore.