Whales of Winter

The weather outside might be blustery—or not (you never know on the Oregon Coast!), but one phenomenon is assured—gray whales will be making their semi-annual journey along the Oregon Coast this winter. Anyone can watch the watery leviathans as they travel south to the Baja lagoons. The peak of the winter migration happens in mid to late December—just in time for the holidays!

According to Oregon State Parks, an average of about 30 whales per hour migrate past the Oregon Coast during the peak southbound migration. On a calm day, visitors might see several whales, but be sure to bring binoculars, warm clothing, and be on the lookout for the tell-tale whale spout.

For more information about the gray whale migration along the Oregon Coast, along with the best places to see them, go to the Whale Watch Spoken Here website. You can also read more about gray whales and their migrations in the Oregon Coast magazine story, The Long Haul.

Photo caption: Spouting gray whale offshore of Yachats. Photo by Sandy Horvath-Dori, courtesy wikimedia