Wrapping up a busy few days and 2016!

As the Winter Whale Watch Week came to a close we had one of the busiest weeks on record in terms of humans. The official tally is still coming in but already our volunteers have reported making contact with over 13,000 people coast-wide who wanted to learn more about these magnificent animals!

The wind and waves made this year’s viewing some of the most difficult in recent memory, but our volunteers stuck it out through everything and made this winter a huge success! Thank you everyone for your help and we are looking forward to the Spring Watch Week March 25th – 31st, 2017!

Look for the final tally of humans and whales later this week.

-The WWSH team.


Great Morning for Whale Watching


We had another great day of whale watching today!  From the calls coming in, it sounded fairly consistent that we all had a calm windless morning and a windy afternoon.  Its adds a lot of difficulty to whale watching by throwing wind and whitecaps in the mix.  Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers that collectively saw 216 whales and made contact with almost 2000 people today!

Top 5

Neahkahnie Mtn./Inn at Spanish Head/Cooks Chasm  21 whales

Cape Lookout   20 whales

Don Davis    19 whales

Clear Skies for the Central Coast

We had another great day of whale watching along the central coast.  The clouds stayed off shore and the wind was very little.  Our Volunteers to the north and south were not quite so lucky.  They both were dealing with low visibility due to fog, but most sites were still able to at least see one whale.  Thank you to all of you wonderful Volunteers for being out there and helping people learn about whales even when the weather is not helping.

Top 5

Depoe Bay Whale Center      21 Whales

Devil’s Punchbowl                  19 Whales

Depoe Bay Sea Wall                 15 Whales

Boiler Bay                                    16 Whales

Yaquina Head/Don Davis        13 Whales

Big water but the whales are here!

It turned out to be a pretty great whale watching day. Large waves made it tough but our persistence is paying off!

Over 230 whales were spotted along the coast today with close to 3000 people being assisted by our volunteers! Thank you volunteers!

TOP 5:

Cape Foulweather                              35 Whales

Ecola State Park                                30

Inn at Spanish Head                         29

Cape Lookout                                       23

Depoe Bay Whale Center               19


See you tomorrow!


Was that a whale… no a wave… maybe it was a whale?

The Winter Whale Watch week is officially underway!  Huge thank you to all of our volunteers out today!

Mother nature stopped by today and wanted to remind us that it is…in fact… winter.

We dealt with 10 – 16 foot swells today along the central coast with a not so pleasant 25mph wind and everyone had occasional rain. Whale watching was tough, but we still saw some!

Top 5 for today:

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center:                                                     12 whales

Depoe Bay Whale Center:                                                             6

Cape Foulweather & Ecola State Park:                                     4

Cape Ferrelo & Inn at Spanish Head:                                   3

Coast-wide 36 whales were spotted and over 971 visitors connected with our awesome volunteers!

See you tomorrow! (weather forecast looks good)

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Final Practice Day!

They’re here!  On Saturday the 24th we saw 32 whales as they migrated by the Depoe Bay Whale Center.  This morning (12/26) I’ve already seen 5 as I washed the windows. It’s safe to say the migration is underway!


Volunteers will be stationed at the 24 locations starting tomorrow at 10:00 AM.


The Depoe Bay Whale Center will be open every day from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM  until January 2nd to help people see these amazing animals!



Cannon Ball!

Today the sun finally returned and so did our playful whales! This juvenile got up close and just wanted to remind everybody how impressive they are! Some of our summer residents are still in the area giving our visitors quite a show! Come see us in Depoe Bay but bring your sunglasses and rain jackets- mother nature is changing her mind quite a bit this time of year.