Bring your binoculars for a chance to view Gray whales during Winter Whale Watch Week, Dec. 26 – Jan. 1. And Depoe Bay is a good spot to do it.
“The 24 designated “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites were selected because they are the best viewpoints to spot some of the roughly 18,000 whales that cruise past Oregon on their annual southbound migration,” said Dave Newton, Whale Watching volunteer coordinator. Trained volunteers will be available along the coast 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales’ migration and feeding habits, and offer tips on how to spot the whales.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily during the watch week. The whale watching center has general exhibits on whales, staff to answer questions and whale size windows with panoramic ocean views.
OPRD coordinates both the winter and spring whale watch weeks in partnership with the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks, which operates the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program and a map of the official viewpoints are available online at www.whalespoken.org