Attention Whale Watchers

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Blue Fin Realty, LLC



            Gray Whale

The Southern Oregon Coast is a great location if you are excited about watching for whales. The spring Whale Watching Week for 2008  is March 22nd  -  March 29th.  The migrations are spread out for a few weeks on either side of "watch week." This is not the only time you can see the whales. Many so called "resident" gray whales also spend months near the Oregon Coast, especially in summer and fall! About 18,000 whales will pass by our coast during March, April, May and June on their way to Alaska's Bering Sea.

Harris Beach


There are several Whale Watching Sites where you can watch for migrating gray whales and their babies. Some of the Brookings areas that have proved to be wonderful sites for whale watching are Harris Beach State Park, Cape Ferrelo, and Cape Sebastian. During Whale Watching Weeks you will find many, many people poised with binoculars patiently scanning the waters of the ocean for a glimpse of the whales. The Juveniles pass first followed by adults and last come the mother's with their babies. Many of them come close to shore to feed on the great food supply that the Oregon coastline affords. In April and May you might even get the opportunity to see mothers and calves resting in protected coves close to shore.

Gray Whale and Baby   Gray Whale Baby

During the summer months there are about 200-400 whales that do not go as far north as Alaska to feed. There are generally feeding whales on the central coast from July through October and these whales may stay very close to shore while feeding and it is often easy to spot them.

For year round whale watchers, here are a few whale watching tips: Gray whales may possibly be seen year round on the Oregon, Washington and California coastlines. Warm, weather - appropriate clothing and binoculars really help! Morning light (with the sun at your back) is often helpful to spot blows first with your naked eye, then focus more closely with binoculars. Calmer days are better whale watching days, by land, sea, or air! Any spot with an ocean view may yield whale sightings.

You can find more information on whale watching at Whale Spoken Here. You will also find maps of the coastal whale watching sites.

So if you like whales, then Brookings is the place to be during Whale Watching Weeks. What an adventure for the entire family!

Comments (9)

John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
Now that is pretty cool I never have seen a whale
Mar 10, 2008 02:30 PM
Megan McGonigal
Integrity Real Estate - Northeast, MD
CRP - Cecil County, MD & Harford County, MD Real Estate
Thans for the info. I have been wanting to visit Oregon for awhile now. I'll have to make my trip during that time.
Mar 10, 2008 02:30 PM
Stephen Parks
SANDS Realty - San Antonio, TX

Lisa- We love the Cape Meares Lighthouse area.

Cape Meares

Mar 10, 2008 02:31 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Lisa, I LOVE whale watching, we used to go quite often and it is always an amazing site.  You had some wonderful shots and great information in your area.
Mar 10, 2008 04:09 PM
Lori Franks
Real Estate Consultant - Brookings, OR
Brookings, Oregon
Lisa what a great post..I think spring whale watching beats winter whale watching anyday.
Mar 10, 2008 04:10 PM
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ


That was an awesome post, I am loving it, showed it to my kids now I guess we are going to make the trip, my nephew tells me Maine is closer for us. Have you ever been swimming in the waters with these guys there?

Mar 10, 2008 11:48 PM
Lisa Wopschall
Blue Fin Realty, LLC - Brookings, OR
Selling & Listing Ocean Front Properties

Hi John. Yeah it is really cool when you can spot one of these beautiful creatures. Whales are so awesome and so BIG! I dream of going out on a boat and seeing them up close and personal. Thanks for stopping by.

Hey Megan... if you are going to come for a visit, then whale watching week would be a great time for you. Wouldn't it be great to spend time watching for them! Check out the Whale Spoken Here website for maps and information on where volunteers are stationed to help you spot the whales. You will have a great time! Thanks for the comment.

Hi Stephen. The Tillamook area is so nice and not to far from Portland. I have not had the opportunity to visit the Cape Meares Lighthouse, but from what I understand it is really nice. I will have to plan a trip up there and check it out. Thanks for chatting with me.

Thanks Carole. The Southern Oregon Coast is so beautiful and there are so many things to do. You should come for a visit! Thanks for the comment.

Hey Lori. Good to see your comment. From my perspective, it is way to cold in the winter to try and watch for the whales. But some folks love to watch for them no matter what the weather looks like. I like the Spring whale watch week too. Thanks for coming by to check out my blog. See ya on Thursday.

Hi Gary. Oh no... the water is way to cold for these old bones. If I am going to swim with them then I am going to have to make a trip to a warmer area. Hey... maybe a nice cruise is on the horizon. haha :) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Mar 11, 2008 05:06 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I'm amazed at how many people don't realize how great Oregon is for whale watching, but maybe that is better for us! But, at the times the whales are passing through Oregon, it is some of the best weather around. (Not to hot, not to cold)

Todd Clark -

Oct 08, 2009 11:36 PM
Brett Reichel
Homebridge Financial Services - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MLO 210215

Great post !  I have seen very few whales despite growing up in the Puget Sound area and living in the NW forever.  They are fun to see when you catch them!


Mar 21, 2011 06:08 AM