Don’t miss out! Record number of gray whales spotted (2012)
Whale Watch Week, March 24-31
Park rangers from the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay say that the annual migration is well under way with many passing giants headed north. They hope this is a good omen for spring whale watch week that starts Saturday.
Migrating gray whale numbers usually peak about the last week in March, and this year looks to be right on target. More than 200 trained volunteers will be at 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites from
10 a.m.-1 p.m. They can answer your questions and give advice about spotting some of the 18,000 gray whales cruising north from their breeding grounds on Mexico’s Baja coast to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea.
The Whale Watching Center will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in nearby Newport also offers presentations that include children’s story times.
Rare whale swims up West Coast toward Russian home
An endangered western gray whale also is migrating up the Pacific Coast headed to waters off Russia. Dr. Bruce Mate of Oregon State University is tracking her progress. (link goes to the CBS News website.)