March 25, 2019 3:30 a.m.
Spring Whale Watch Week runs through Sunday along the Oregon coast.
A release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said more than 20,000 Gray whales are expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months.
Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program are at 24 sites along the coast each day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help visitors spot the migrating mammals. A map of the volunteer-staffed sites is available at: https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=thingstodo.dsp_whaleWatching.
The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the ocean views. Binoculars are provided. Rangers from the Oregon State Parks are also on hand to answer questions about the whales.
An online live stream of the whale activity in Depoe Bay is also available on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel during the event. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7GMkvszV6-kolThIiQx7BQ
The release said Gray whales migrate north along the coast of the western U.S. annually during the spring. They return to Alaskan waters after wintering in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico. Many of the Gray whales will be accompanied by their new calves, born during the winter. The migratory stream typically continues into June.
For more information about coast parks and campgrounds, go to www.oregonstateparks.org.