The winner of the David Henderson Inspiring Journey Grant reports on her trip following the migration of gray whales from Alaska to Mexico to calve and mate - an endurance event of epic proportions.
Theirs is one of the longest migrations on earth and Becci cycled the coast alongside their journey to better tell their story. She connected with the people and communities whose lives they touch, from kayaking guides to whale watching captains, scientists to surfers, fishermen to fire fighters.
She saw the joy they bring to the lives of those who glimpse them and gained a better understanding of the latest scientific findings and opinions, the research questions still to be addressed and also of the myriad threats they face, inextricably linked and cumulative. Gray whales are currently in the midst of an Unusual Mortality Event, the second they’ve experienced in recent years. Now’s the time to consider the challenges they –and so many other ocean species – face.