Oregon parks officials say it’s nearly prime viewing season for the annual gray whale spring migration, visible from the Oregon coast.
Parks officials say northbound whale numbers usually peak about the last week of March so they’ve designated March 22-29 as Spring Whale Watch Week. They say nearly 160 gray whales pass along the coast each day during the migration’s peak and onshore whale watchers may see them spouting.
Some 18,000 gray whales travel from their breeding grounds on Mexico’s Baja coast to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.
The state says trained volunteers will answer questions at 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites along the coast between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day during whale watch week. Oregon State Park rangers and volunteers will also be at the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay.
Pack your binoculars — and your rain gear.
OPB | Feb. 22, 2017