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Winter Whale Watching at Cape Perpetua!

Whale watching on the Oregon Coast

Whale watching on the Oregon Coast

From Cape Perpetua Visitors Center

Yachats, OR – Escape the valley fog! Experience a cool, clear wintery coast day while seeking a glimpse of gray whales that are passing the Oregon coast on their southward migration from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. It is the perfect place to view these great mammals, remaining warm and dry even if the weather changes to wetter conditions.

“The visitor center has expansive, ocean facing windows and is perched 100 feet above sea level, providing a great viewing angle,” said Lori Robertson, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Director.

Programs are scheduled for Whale Watch Week which runs December 26 through 31. Winter Whale Watch Week highlights these whales as they migrate south toward their breeding and calving lagoons.

Experiencing Gray Whales, a presentation by interpretive naturalist Michael Noack, is scheduled on Thursday, December 26 and Monday, December 30; at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days. Michael is an interpretive naturalist who has been educating the public about the natural world, especially gray whales, for many years. He has trained whale watch volunteers and been involved with whale research. Michael believes that knowledge leads to appreciation, and that appreciation leads to protection of these marine giants.

Trained Whale Watch volunteers will be on hand during Whale Watch Week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers can help visitors with techniques for spotting whales and will share information on whale biology and migration patterns. Exhibits include bones and baleen from gray whales, huge jaw bones from a blue whale, a bowhead baleen and sperm whale teeth. Activities during the week will include movies on whales and kid activities.

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is a partner with Whale Watch Spoken Here, a program of Oregon State Parks.

In celebration of Whale Watch Week the visitor center will be open every day, [10 a.m.-4 p.m.] starting Thursday, December 26th through Tuesday, January 7th. The visitor center will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, January 8-9, resuming its regular winter schedule [open Friday –Tuesday] at that point.

A Day Use Pass is required for access to the Visitor Center, facilities and trail system. A Day Use Pass costs $5. Five-Day and Annual Passes are also available.

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