Every year thousands of Gray Whales migrate past the Oregon Coast from the Bering Sea to the warm waters of Baja. These giant creatures are usually mottled gray with numerous white, yellow or orange patches of barnacles and parasites around the blowhole, on top of the head, and on the fore part of the back. Males can reach 35-50 feet and weigh 28-38 tons; females can reach 42-50 feet and weigh 34-38 tons.
Whale watching peak times are December through May, but we also have “resident whales” who summer off our coast and leave in autumn. This allows for whale watching almost year round. Pick a calm, slightly overcast day and watch for the whale spouts, and don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera!