Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Whales Are Coming, The Whales Are Coming!!

The whales are soon to arrive along the Oregon coast!

December starts the beginning of the whale migration along the Oregon Coast. We mostly see the gray whales migrating from the cold waters of Alaska south, to have their babies in the warm, calm bays of Mexico. Gray Whale babies are 15 feet long and weigh 2,000 at birth! In the spring, they return up north with their young to spend the summer feeding in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

Since the Oregon coast is rich in phytoplankton (small marine plants) which are eaten by zooplankton (small marine animals) including bottom dwelling amphipods and mysid shrimp - primary food of the Gray Whales, approximately 200 whales don't continue the migration north, but choose to settle along the Oregon coast. That makes the Oregon coast a great area to spot whales all year around.

 Winter Whale Watching Week -
Dec 26-30, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Trained volunteers will be present at the "Whale Spoken Here" sites.
During Winter Whale Watch Week, trained volunteers will be present at 3 different locations near Sandlake Country Inn; Cape Meares lighthouse, Cape Lookout (at the tip of the Cape Lookout Trail) and Cape Kiwanda.

You don't have to wait for whale watch week to go whale watching, so plan your trip to the Oregon Coast any time in December or early January for the best chance to spot these amazing creatures.

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast