Grey whale

Date of disappearance: Around 400 years ago.

Reason: Hunting.

Special power: Grey whales have a highly unusual method of feeding – lying on their sides and scooping their prey off the sea floor, then sieving it out of the sand with their baleen filters. One grey whale recently became the record holder for the longest known mammalian migration, after circumnavigating the entire planet.

In the Pacific the grey whale appears to have a remarkable affinity for people, and is the most popular of all species among whale watches, as it approaches boats and sometimes appears to encourage people to touch it. 

Status: The grey whale was once common in Britain’s estuaries and shallow bays. Two recently found their way into the Atlantic from the Pacific. More research is needed to know if they could be transported from the Pacific for breeding purposes.

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