Migrating Whales Offer Landlubbers A Viewing Party Extraordinaire
The holiday season isn't quite over...so what's one to do between Christmas and New Year's?
Whale watching, according to Oregon Parks and Recreation officials.
Luke Parsons is a ranger with the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center. He says December 27th through the 31st is Whale Watching Week.
"During the winter, we are pretty lucky," says Parsons. "We get to watch about 20,000 gray whales as they migrate past the Oregon Coast on their way to Mexico.
"These whales are headed south to breed or to give birth to their young. This time of year the animals are traveling between three and five miles off of shore, so a good pair of binoculars is a good thing to have with you."
Trained volunteers will be at 24 different sites along the Oregon Coast, sharing information on the gray whales.
Sometimes, orcas and humpbacks are also spotted.
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