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Whale Migration, Whale Watching in Oregon
Take a week-long or weekend jaunt to the Oregon coast in late March or April to view gray whales on their migration as they head north to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea; or in December and January as they make their long journey back to their breeding grounds in the warmer waters of Baja California, Mexico.
Gray whales can reach at least 35 feet in length and weigh more than 30 tons - 10 times the size of a large elephant. Each year approximately 18,000 gray whales make this staggering 10,000 mile round trip, the longest known migration of any mammal. At their peak, about 30 whales pass by each hour.
Traveling about 5 miles per hour, it takes the whales some three weeks to make the journey, passing the Oregon coast in December and January as they make their way to Mexico. On their journey south, these giant mammals head on a direct course, move quickly, and mostly stay about 5 miles offshore.
Then in late March and April they head north again, traveling much more leisurely and staying closer to shore. Some gray whales do not continue on to Alaskan waters but stay off the coast of Oregon between June and November. These part-time residents number about 200.
Bring the family during Spring Break or the week between Christmas and New Year’s for a whale watching adventure. A great place to experience whale sightings is in the comfort of an Oregon coast oceanfront vacation rental. In March and April and again in December and January when whale sightings are frequently, chances are that you'll see whales spouting, breaching (heads straight up in the water), flukes and tails from the vacation rental's deck, balcony or living room window as the whales pass along the Oregon Coast.
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