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Whale Weathervane – Grey Whale Breaching

Gray Whale Weather Vane Breaching (Eschrichtius robustus)


The Grey Whale Weather Vane, Eschrichtius robustus, featured in this image consists of a breaching copper Grey Whale with a brass splash. Because our vanes are custom made, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. The Grey Whale’s eyes are made from handcrafted colored glass with black pupils or translucent glass jewels. At the time the order is placed, you get to choose your whale’s eye color.

A nice thing about our breaching whales it that they give the weathervane sculpture piece more verticality than do our more traditional whales which are shown swimming in a horizontal line. This might be something to consider if your installation site falls in between two of our size recommendations. For example, if you are between a medium size (two-foot) and a large size (three-foot) sculpture piece, you might want to go with a large traditional horizontally swimming whale, but could get away with a medium breaching whale because it has more verticality and therefore a bigger presence.

Eschrichtius robustus is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of 14.9 m (49 ft), a weight of 36 tons (35 long tons; 40 short tons), and lives 50–70 years. The common name of this whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin. Gray whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior when hunted. The gray whale is the sole living species

The gray whale is distributed in an eastern North Pacific (North American) population and a critically endangered western North Pacific (Asian) population. North Atlantic populations were extirpated (perhaps by whaling) on the European coast before 500 AD and on the American coast around the late 17th to early 18th centuries. However, on May 8, 2010, a sighting of a gray whale was confirmed off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea, leading some scientists to think they might be repopulating old breeding grounds that have not been used for centuries.