Whale of a Show

Posted by Loretta / August 27, 2008

The day was overcast, threatening to rain with gusty winds. We stood on the embankment scanning the choppy, blue waves. Straining our eyes against the wind and sand, fervently looking for the grey whales less than a mile offshore.

“There’s one there, out past the waves,” he pointed to his right about one o’clock. We all quickly scanned to our right, towards to cliffs. With a sharp eye you could see the top of a whale just above the waves, then a spray.

“We think they are feeding here. Possibly two of them, “ said Tom. “ They were here yesterday too, probably on their way north up the coast.”

I tried looking through the telescopic lens of my camera to get a better look, without the wind blowing sand in my eyes, and on the off chance I might actually get a photo of a grey whale berthing.
Gray whales may possibly be seen year round on the Oregon, Washington and California coastlines.
They can stay on the bottom for several minutes at a time. So watch carefully for their blow.
We waited several more minutes and sure enough we saw the spray more than a hundred yards out, and to our left this time.

Some sites for viewing, from North to South, here are the 28 sites:
1 Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Ilwaco, Washington .
(note: Fort Stevens is no longer a whale watch site)
2. Ecola State Park
3. Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker Turnout on Highway 101
4. Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
5. Cape Lookout State Park – 2.5 mile hike to site at tip of Cape
6. Inn at Spanish Head Lobby on 10th floor
7. Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
8. Depoe Bay Sea Wall
9. The Whale Watching Center, Depoe Bay
10. Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
11. Cape Foulweather
12. Devil’s Punchbowl (Otter Rock) State Natural Area
13. Yaquina Head Lighthouse
14. Don A. Davis City Kiosk
15. Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site
( note Seal Rock State Recreation Site is no longer a whale watch site)
( note Yachats State Park is no longer a whale watch site)
16. Devil’s Churn Viewpoint
17. Cape Perpetua Overlook
18. Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
19. Cook’s Chasm Turnout
20. Sea Lion Caves Turnout – large Highway 101 turnout south of tunnel
21. Umpqua Lighthouse, near Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
22. Shore Acres State Park
23. Face Rock Wayside State Scenic Viewpoint
24. Cape Blanco Lighthouse, near Cape Blanco State Park
25. Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, Port Orford
26. Cape Sebastian
27. Cape Ferrelo
28. Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, Oregon
9th Street Beach, Crescent City, California

Leave a Comment Share This

Comments on this story:

  1. Gordon says:

    Whatever happened to Keiko?

    posted September 3, 2008 at 6:04 am
Do you have a story about the Oregon Coast? Share it with us
Advertisement