Come to the Coast to watch the migration of grey whales.
From mid-December to mid-January, nearly 18,000 gray whales pass by the Oregon Coast on their southward migration to Mexico. But the best time to see that migration just might be Winter Whale Watch Week, held December 26–31. On those days, trained volunteers are present at two dozen sites up and down the coast to provide natural history information and help visitors spot gray whales every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those sites appear on the map at right with numbers 1 - 24.
Most of the whales are about 5 miles offshore during the migration, but some can be seen as close as 1 to 2 miles offshore. During the southern migration, whales seldom stop to eat, but travel steadily to the lagoons of Baja, Mexico, where they mate or give birth to calves.
One excellent place to view the whales is the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay. For more information go to the Whale Watching Spoken Here website. (541-765-3304; www.whalespoken.org)