Yachats, OR –The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center staff and Volunteers invite the public to join them for Whale Watch Week, Monday, December 26 through Sunday, January 1. During this period, the visitor center will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.
“We will be counting migrating gray whales and learning about these magnificent mammals,” said Lori Robertson, Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Director. “There will be lots of whales out there but it’s not always easy to see the “blows” above the winter swells and through the fog—we’ll have fun trying and learn along the way,” Robertson added.
The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center offers a warm, inside venue for people wanting to learn about whales. It has expansive, ocean facing windows and is perched 100 feet above sea level, providing a good viewing angle. Special activities highlighting whales in general and the gray whales in particular will include movies, displays and kids’ activities. An added incentive to visit will be free hot chocolate.
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is a partner with the Whale Watch Spoken Here program. During Whale Watching Week (December 26 – January 1) specifically trained Whale Watch volunteers will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to bring alive the story and life histories of the migrating gray whales. Staff and center volunteers will also be glad to help people with techniques for spotting whales.
On their southward migrations the gray whales are concentrated in an approximate five week window, passing the visitor center at the rate of 5 up to even 30 whales per hour both day and night; though stormy weather can cause them to travel farther from crashing waves and make visibility difficult.
Visiting the visitor center is free, but a $5 Day Use Pass is required for parking. Films and exhibits highlighting the entire Scenic Area will also be available at the Visitor Center Theater during operating hours—10 a.m.to 4 p.m.
The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25.
The Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is located three miles south of Yachats on Highway 101 and is famous for breath-taking views of the sea and forest. For more information, please call the Visitor Center at 541-547-3289 or visit us on the web at www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw. You can also follow us at twitter.com/SiuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverCapePerpetua.