Whale-watching season begins on Oregon coast

— Gray whales are migrating north past the Oregon coast and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging visitors to join Spring Whale Watch Week activities March 24-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help people spot the migrating marine mammals.

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Visitors to the center can check out interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views.

Binoculars are provided.

Oregon Parks and recreation rangers will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales.

A live stream of whale activity off Depoe Bay is available on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/OregonParks/.

A map of the 24 volunteer whale watch sites can be found on www.whalespoken.org.



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