Whale Watching Spoken Here: Volunteers staffing Oregon Coast through Dec. 31
DEPOE BAY, Ore. - Volunteers will be station at 24 locations along to Oregon Coast through December 31 to help visitors watch for gray whales migrating south to Mexico from Alaska.
The Whale Watching Spoken Here program provides assistance 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Every winter an estimated 20,000 Gray whales migrate south from Alaska to the warm calving lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico," according to Oregon State Parks. "Whale Watching Week coincides with the highest frequency of whales swimming down the coast; roughly 30 whales pass by per hour.
Luke Parsons, a state parks ranger with the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, said Whale Watching Week aims to create awareness and compassion for whales and other marine life.
"Whales are a special part of the Oregon coast," said Parsons. “We’re very proud to work with our volunteers to help visitors connect with the whales and our oceans.”