About a dozen gray whales break off from the 20,000-whale migration every year to eat ghost shrimp in shallow Saratoga Passage, earning the nickname “Saratoga grays.”

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Gray whales, which grow to 50 feet long and 40 tons, can live to be 70.

Little Patch is one of about a dozen grays that break off from the 20,000-whale migration every year to eat ghost shrimp in shallow Saratoga Passage, earning the nickname “Saratoga grays.”

They can be seen in Possession Sound, between Everett and Whidbey Island, where the Chilkat Express whale-watching boat out of Edmonds will tour on weekends until the grays depart in late May or early June.