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Northern Migration of Gray Whales It's Spring in Port Orford, OR 97465
According to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department approximately 18,000 Grey whales will pass by in the 4 weeks from mid-March through mid-April in their yearly 10,000 mile migration from the Baja Lagoons of Mexico to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea. The main body of whales is about 3 miles off shore however; when feeding the whales can be seen closer to shore. During the peak period approximately 6 whales per hour will pass by specific viewing sites.
The Northern migration starts in the spring during the week of March 21 - March 28. Trained volunteers will tell you that the younger whales travel by first followed by adult whales and lastly the mother whales and their calves (see Whale Watching Spoken here website http://whalespoken.org/ for more info).
The Parks and Recreation Dept. website listed below documents a few whale watching tips.
Gray whales may possibly be seen year-round on the Oregon, Washington and northern California coastlines. Winter migration has the highest numbers (30 per hour) but the whales are usually farther off shore (1-5 miles) because of stormy weather. During the spring migration (northbound), the whales are more spread out (6 per hour) but they are closer to ... more
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