ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It appears that there is a gray whale baby boom under way.
The Anchorage Daily News said scientist tracking marine mammals in the Chukchi Sea report a never-before recorded number of gray whales calves in July.
The federal Alaska Fisheries Science Center says this year, 57 cow and calf pairs were recorded between July 1 and July 26.
The biggest previously number was 18, and that was for counts of the full season from late June to October.
NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle said the Eastern North Pacific population of gray whales is between 18,000 and 21,000.
The animals make seasonal trips from the Chukchi Sea to Mexico. All the cow-calf pairs were all found within 30 to 30 nautical miles of the Alaska coast between Barrow and Point Lay.