Gray Whales Galore

This fascinating migration is on its way to us! Here's what you need to know.

One of the most fascinating animal migrations happens in our backyard, the Pacific Ocean. Every year, approximately 18,000 gray whales make the long journey from Alaska to their breeding grounds in Mexico. It is the largest mammal migration on the planet. These enormous creatures travel up to 100 miles a day and normally within 5 miles of shore, which makes whale watching a treasure on the Oregon Coast attracting viewers from all over the world. We look forward to each Spring and Winter when they pass us by. Because they are traveling with their calves, they stay very close to shore to protect them from predators. You are likely to see their spouts, backs and even tails in the distance. The higher you get, the better, so lunch at Fathom’s or a hike out on Cascade Head might be your best bet.

For the ultimate whale lover experience, we happily suggest a short drive south to our neighbors in Depoe Bay. A ‘hotspot’ because whales love to hang out in their coves and feed, and there’s even a few year-round residents. There are several charter companies for whale enthusiasts that are eager to get a much closer look. Be on the lookout for the volunteers with ‘Whales Spoken Here’ at the Inn at Spanish Head on March 21st. They have all the fun facts and details about these creatures that you never knew you would want to know. Late March is the migration's first surge through Oregon, but you can see them all the way into June or later. Not to mention, some like to hang and become residents until it's time to head south again.

Photo taken on board of Dockside Charters in Depoe Bay
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