Whale of a Tail - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Whale of a Tail

Posted by Chuck Hillestad / January 5, 2010

My young nephews were visiting from landlocked Iowa. So, we naturally took them on a tour of the coast. As we were walking along to cliff’s edge trail to show the Cape Meares Lighthouse, I happened to look over the edge. There, almost directly below, was a pod of gray whales complete with young playing in the relatively calm water. Normally, you only see whales in the far distance with a brief glimpse of hump or tail and perhaps an occasion blowhole plume. Here, we were looking almost straight down into crystal clear water from maybe 30 feet away. Stunning.

The nephews assumed it was an everyday event like a trip to an aquarium. I had never seen it before or since in the 16 years we have lived here. They thought we were pretty lucky to live on the coast. I thought I was pretty lucky to have them along to share it.

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  1. Lenore says:

    Chuck, I am still waiting to see them–of course we are only here 5 years now! I will now keep the faith!

    posted January 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm
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