FLORENCE, Ore. — Students may be taking a break from hitting the books, but some whale watching experts are hoping to draw some of them to the coast for some spring whale watching.
Spring Whale Watching Week is always at the same time as spring break in the state of Oregon and volunteers are staffing 24 different sites along the coast to help those with a curious eye spot grey whales who are migrating through the area. Thomas Ray’s been helping people sight whales for a decade. “It’s great to come out and help people spot whales,” said Ray.
This weekend with the calm waters, clear skies, a pair of binoculars and a little bit of patience it didn’t take long for the crowds to spot some migrating grey whales. “You can see whales every month of the year here along the Oregon Coast. It’s just this week there’s more migrating whales heading back North and we also do what’s called Winter Whale Watch week is set up right after Christmas to watch the southbound migrators.
I between whale spottings, the Heceta Head Lighthouse and dozens of sea lions stole the show. “We’ve seen bald eagles. A mature adult and an immature bald eagle. We also have seen Stellar and California sea lions right down below us. We’ve seen various shore birds, Cormorants, Scoters, Western Galls,” said Ray.
For the next week, these volunteers are ready to help anyone spot these whales passing by the Oregon Coast.
Whale watching volunteers will be at those 24 sites along the coast each day this week from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.