Oregon Coast Notes -
About 18,000 gray whales and 1,100 humpbacks are in the middle of an annual migration to the Baja coast for breeding.
Whale Watch Video, Tips and FAQS:
Must See KGW Video
- The winter migration has the highest numbers...30 per hour.
- During Winter Whale Watch Week the whales are usually 1- 5 miles offshore..so bring binoculars.
- If you are in an area that has whale watch boats, watch the boats. When they stop there are whales around.
- Higher locations are better than sandy beaches, although whales can be seen from any location.
- Morning light is better than afternoon light which reflects the water.
- Calm days are better.
- Focus your binoculars, but watch with your eyes, When you see a blow, bring up your binoculars.
- During Winter Whale Watch Week the whales are migrating south to Baja Mexico.
- The blow or spout shoots nearly 12 feet high expelling 400 liters of air in a single blast.
- If frightened they can stay under for 30 minutes.
- Gray whales normally surface every 45 seconds as they swim, but will stay under for 3-5 min if feeding.
- DRESS WARM