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Winter Whale Watch Week begins Monday

 

Bring your binoculars, rain gear and a pair of sunglasses to the beach next week to see gray whales migrating to Mexico. 

It’s Winter Whale Watch Week along the Wild Rivers Coast.

“Most of the migration is within five miles of shore, so you can pretty much see them all the time from shore,” Oregon State Park Ranger Linda Taylor said. 

 

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 26-31 trained volunteers will be at 24 spots along the Oregon Coast ready to share their knowledge about gray whales with visitors and help watchers spot the whales.

The local viewing points are Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, Port Orford; Cape Ferrelo; Harris Beach State Park; and Brother Jonathan Point, Crescent City.

The whale watch week is coordinated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and is part of its Whale Watching Spoken Here program.

If the weather is nice, about 30 whales will go by in an hour, and viewers might be able to see up to 100 whales in a day depending on the location, Taylor said.

Throughout the four to six week migration period, 18-19,000 whales will travel south, Taylor added. 

“We’re so lucky that they migrate so close to shore and (people) can see them,” she said.

Gray whales are the main attraction, but  visitors also might be able to see seals and sea lions.

“It’s a pretty amazing sight,” Taylor said.

For more information about the program and for a map with all 24 viewpoints, please visit www.whalespoken.org.

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