Whale watch time on the coast
Gray whales are on the move south again this December and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the migration with the annual Whale Watching Week, Dec. 27-31.
Volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites along the Oregon Coast during the event. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, they'll offer whale watching tips and facts about the animals.
A map of the 24 volunteer whale watch sites can be found on whalespoken.org.
Every winter, an estimated 20,000 Gray whales migrate south from Alaska to the warm calving lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Whale Watching Week coincides with the highest frequency of whales swimming down the coast; roughly 30 whales pass by per hour.