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|Thinking of heading to the Oregon Coast for some wildlife viewing? Pack your binoculars and a sense of adventure, and go in search of migrating Gray whales.|
Travel to Florence to learn about these amazing creatures from trained volunteers during the Winter and Spring Watch Weeks organized by the state Whale Watching Spoken Here program.
Winter Whale Watch Week: December 26 - 31, 2012
Spring Whale Watch Week: March 23 - 30, 2013
|Catch a glimpse of Gray whales blowing, breaching and fluking as they pass by on their 12,000-mile (19,300-km) annual migration from the Arctic Ocean to the warm, calm bays of Mexico in the winter to birth their young. In the spring, come again for their return journey north, where most spend the summer feeding in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.|
At the Sea Lion Caves take an elevator down into a cavernous sea cave to view a herd of approximately 200 Stellar Sea Lions lounging on the rocks. During the spring and summer they are mostly on outside ledges, clustered in family units consisting of a bull and harems of 15 to 30 cows and their young. Occasional and infrequently seen Killer Whales patrol the edges of the Sea Lion territory.
Any spot with an ocean view may yield whale sightings, but higher locations are better than sandy beaches.
Anytime you are along the ocean shoreline, stay a safe distance from the shore break and be alert for sneaker waves, which may come in farther then expected.