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GO HERE: A Whale of a Watching

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whale1Speaking whale might be a difficult tongue to master, but watching whales? Anyone can do that. It seems that the New Year’s resolution of the planet’s largest mammal is to migrate south to Mexico for giving birth to their young, called calves, which weigh between 1,100 and 1,500 pounds at birth and consume 50 gallons of their mother’s milk per day. Around 18,000 gray whales are currently making the trek from Alaska directly along the Oregon coast. Twenty four viewing spots along the coast marked “whale watching spoken here” denote good vantage points.

Morning light with the sun behind the viewer is the best time to spot the gentle giants, and they are usually about five miles offshore, so be sure to bring binoculars. Can’t get away this week? The whales will be passing back by starting in late February and continuing through early May, but the most common sightings are happening right now, to the tune of 30 per hour at peak times. For more information, visit http://visittheoregoncoast.com/whale-watching/.

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