See the gray whales headed south for the winter (2013)
Trained volunteers stationed at Whale Watching Spoken Here sites Dec. 26-31
Migrating gray whales are moving from their feeding waters in the Bering and Chukchi Seas off Alaska to breeding and calving areas along the Baja Coast south of California. You can spot them from the best viewpoints, which are the 24 designated ‘Whale Watching Spoken Here’ sites. Join trained volunteers to spot the roughly 18,000 whales that cruise past Oregon. Volunteers are available 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily during the Watch Week to share information on whale migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot the whales.
Because the “fast lane” in a gray whale winter migration is three to four miles offshore, bring a good set of binoculars.
The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Watch Week. You’ll find exhibits, volunteers to answer questions and ‘whale size’ windows overlooking panoramic ocean views. More information is online at www.whalespoken.org.