In a sanctuary lagoon in Baja Mexico, a gray Whale appears to be laughing. 😀 🐋
What looks like a row of teeth is actually the whale’s baleen, a row of keratin-rich bristles used for filter-feeding.
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Gray whales have the longest known migration of any mammal, swimming a round trip of 16,000 to 19,000 kilometres each year — with young in tow. Some whales even give birth mid-migration. Mother gray whales don’t feed during their months of migration, but they do nurse their calves who drink about 50 gallons of their mother’s fat-rich milk per day. For the Eastern gray whale, rearing a child is an incredible test of endurance.