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Winter Whale Migration Brings Visitors To The Oregon Coast

Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.

About 20 thousand Gray whales are expected to swim along the Oregon coast on their migration south from Alaska this winter. The week of December 27th through 31st is . 

Volunteers will be stationed at 24 sites along the coast to help visitors spot the giant mammals. Luke Parsons is an Oregon Park ranger in Depoe Bay. 

Credit Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.

“There’s no other place on the planet that we have as much access to our coastline and as much opportunity to see something so special like this." Parsons says, "People always think about the great wildlife migrations maybe they happen in a far, far away land. But here in Oregon we have one of the great animal migrations on the planet right off of our front step.” Parsons says whale watching can be weather dependent. But on a clear day it’s possible to see up to 30 whales per hour. Gray whales migrate south each winter from Alaska to calve in warm lagoons off Baja Mexico.   

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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.