Nearly 160 gray whales pass along the coast each day and whale watchers can see their 12-foot blow — or spout — from the shore. Trained volunteers will be at 24 Whale Watching Spoken Here sites along the coast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day to answer questions and share whale-spotting tips.
Every spring, 18,000 gray whales head from their breeding grounds on Mexico’s Baja coast to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas.
Binoculars and rain gear are helpful at the whale watching viewpoints. This time of year, most whales can be seen one to three miles off the coast. Occasionally, whales will look for food or an early mother and calf will swim close to shore.
Oregon State Park rangers and volunteers will also be at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the watch week.
The Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport offers daily programs, including 30-minute whale skeleton tours and marine mammal presentations.
For more information, go to www.whalespoken.org.
From The World in Coos Bay, a Northwest Media Co-Op Member