gray whale

a grayish-black whalebone whale, Eschrichtius robustus, of the North Pacific, growing to a length of 50 feet (15.2 meters): now rare.

1855–60 Unabridged
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gray whale

a slender baleen whale having a profusion of external parasites that give it the appearance of a barnacle-encrusted rock

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Whale-watchers often reach out of the boats and physically touch a gray whale.
The winter season brings the southern gray whale and half-day trips.
Because the gray whale migrates so close to shore, this offers a great
  opportunity for whale watchers and researchers.
Though virtually all populations of large whales are greatly reduced, the gray
  whale population is an exception.
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