180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Whales, Whales, Whales This Week on Oregon
|Whale photo courtesy Whale Watch Center
(Depoe Bay, Oregon) – March 22 through 29 brings
the big whale watch week for the Oregon coast, as thousands of whales
begin making their way north on a massive exodus from the waters off Mexico.
Many have given birth down south, so there could be plenty of baby whales
to gawk at, conditions willing.
Hosted by Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department,
the spring Whale Watch Week coincides with spring break and features volunteers
perched at dozens of high spots along the Oregon coast, helping tourists
and science buffs spot the gargantuan creatures on their journey northward.
|Morris Grover, head of the Whale Watch Center, searches for whales
in Newport at the spring 2007 whale watch week
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In Newport, the week will also features some special events
at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, as well as a bevy of chances to
get up close and personal with them via the wide array of charter boat
and whale watch tours available in that town as well as in Depoe Bay.
Trained volunteers at 28 "Whale Watching Spoken Here"
sites help visitors spot gray whales. The volunteers are on duty 10 a.m.-1
p.m. to help visitors see the marine animals and offer information about
The state’s program takes place at the northbound
migration of gray whales. Marine mammologists estimate that 18,000 whales
pass by between March and June, as they head north to the Arctic and Alaska’s
Bering Sea. According to Whale Watch Spoken Here officials, juveniles
pass by first, followed by single adults. Last are the mothers and babies.
Some of the whales come close to shore to feed on Oregon's great food
|Whale watch lookout above Manzanita
The Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay has reported already
seeing a few northbound grays, as of February 26.
Also spotted in the last month were seven Orca whales –
which often hit the central Oregon coast in sizable numbers in late May
to feed on the newborns of the gray whales.
Volunteers are in places all over the coast, from Brookings
up to southern Washington.
On the south central coast you’ll find them at Cape
Perpetua Overlook (near Yachats); Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center (near
Yachats); Cook's Chasm Turnout (near Yachats); Sea Lion Caves Turnout
(north of Florence); large Highway 101 turnout south of tunnel (north
of Florence). 541-765-3407. www.whalespoken.org.
|One of the turnouts near Florence where volunteers will be situated.
Heceta Head Lighthouse is in the background
On the central coast, you’ll find them at the Inn
at Spanish Head Lobby on 10th floor (Lincoln City); Boiler Bay State Scenic
Viewpoint (just north of Depoe Bay); The Whale Watching Center/Depoe Bay
Sea Wall; Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint (between Newport and Depoe
Bay); Cape Foulweather (just north of Newport); Devil's Punchbowl State
Natural Area (just north of Newport); Yaquina Head Lighthouse (Newport);
Don A. Davis City Kiosk (Newport’s Nye Beach); and Yaquina Bay State
Recreation Site (Newport).
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In Tillamook County you’ll find them at Cape Meares
State Scenic Viewpoint; Cape Lookout State Park (2.5 mile hike to site
at tip of the Cape); Cape Kiwanda (Pacific City).
|Orcas have already been seen this year (photo
Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium)
In the Manzanita area, you’ll find them at Neahkahnie
Mountain Historic Marker Turnout on Highway 101.
On the north Oregon coast, you’ll find them at Lewis
and Clark Interpretive Center, Ilwaco, Washington; Ecola State Park (Cannon
Beach). 541-765-3407. www.whalespoken.org.
Whale Watch Week, the Hatfield will feature mammal classes, films, whale
tales and various displays. This happens March 22 – 29. Hatfield
Marine Science Center, 2030 Marine Science Dr., Newport, Oregon. 10 a.m.
Admission by suggested donation. 541-867-0100. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
The central Oregon coast town of Newport is the ticket
to some of the best seats in the house for that week. Newport has three
official whale watching sites, a few others close by, a plethora of whale
watch vantage points and cruises, and two aquarium centers with loads
of whale information.
|Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay
Visitors can make Newport their base of operations with
ready access to three Whale Watching Spoken Here sites: Don Davis State
Park, in the historic Nye Beach neighborhood, Yaquina Bay State Recreation
Site and Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The latter two each have
their own lighthouse, while the Yaquina Head area has tide pools and an
interpretive center. Four other official sites are a short drive away:
the state’s Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, the Depoe Bay Sea
Wall, Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint, Cape Foulweather and the Devil's
Punchbowl State Natural Area. All are just a few miles to the north.
can learn even more with a healthy dose of fun by heading to Newport’s
Hatfield Marine Science Center, which offers storytelling, interpretive
programs and other events during the Whale Watch Weeks. While they’re
there, they can meet the resident giant pacific octopus, Reuben, learn
at the touch pool, shop the marine-centric bookstore or take a walk on
the estuary trail (hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor).
For most people, however, seeing a spout from a distance only whets their
appetite for more. Visitors can see a whale up close by simply purchasing
a spot on the deck of a charter boat. They come in all shapes and sizes
in Newport, which is home to the largest charter and fishing fleet on
the Oregon coast. Weather permitting, these seasoned captains can get
visitors closer to nature than they’ve ever been before —
and nothing compares to the shine on a whale’s fluke, massive and
jaw-dropping, 100 feet away.
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