How to Draw a Gray Whale

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Gray Whale in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Gray Whale.

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How to Draw a Gray Whale - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let us start by drawing the jaws and head of the Gray Whale using curved lines as shown in the image. Draw a tiny circle near the mouth for the eye.

Step 2: Now, draw the body using a long line followed by a slanting wavy line to show the ridge detail on the Gray Whale’s spine.

Step 3: Then, draw the two lobes of the tail using small gently curved lines.

Step 4: Draw the fin on the side of the Gray Whale’s body using curved line. Draw the lower outline of the body.

Step 5: Use a small U-shaped curve to draw the other fin below the whale’s body.

Step 6: On the Gray Whale’s body, draw small oval shapes and tiny curved dashes to show the skin patterns. After you complete your drawing, you can start coloring it.

Interesting Facts about Gray Whales

Gray Whales grow to 45 to 50 feet long. They have tough gray blubber that keeps them warm down in the cold ocean. Gray Whales search the ocean floor for food by shifting through the sand to find crustaceans, clams, krill, and plankton. The whales can be found in the Northern Pacific they can weigh up to 44 tons. They have a ridge along their backs where most whales have a pointy fin. The ridge goes all the way to the tail. Their tail is 10 to 11 feet wide and comes to a point at the end.

Did you know?

  • Gray whales have problems with barnacles sticking to their skin. For that reason they often have scars that are noticeable.
  • A pod of whales is 3 or more.
  • People think the reason Whales “breach” or jump out of the water is to knock the barnacles and worms that have attached to them.
  • It takes 13 ? months for a Gray Whale to be born.
  • Gray Whales can live to be 80!

Theme: It’s whale day! Teach your class about the various whales around the world. Gray Whales can of course be a classic choice. As well as Killer Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, and etc.