You’ve all heard people describe whale watching as something “majestic” and “awe-inspiring”. Well, I’ve been on whale watching trips a number of times and I like to describe it as seeing a really huge animal, often bigger than the boat you’re in, up close and personal. In other words, AWESOME!
At full size the gray whale is about 35 to 50 feet in length and weighs 20-40 tons. It needs 65 tons of food annually to be healthy and migrate. Considering that their diet consists mainly of creatures smaller than your little finger, that’s a LOT of food!
The California gray whale, or simply, gray whale, makes a 12,000 mile roundtrip migration every year. The gray whale migrates between its summer feeding grounds in the North Pacific and Bering Sea and its winter breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California.
On their southbound route they are usually farther out to sea and more difficult to spot. When they head back North, they stick closer to shore. The waters of the Baja Peninsula are the whales’ breeding and calving grounds, so when they head North, they stick closer to shore to help protect the new calves.
These mighty marine mammals filter tiny organisms from the sea through comb-like plates in their mouths called baleen. Gray whales suck mud from the bottom of the ocean in areas of nutrient-rich cold water and filter out small crustaceans called amphipods.
There are several spots along the North Coast of Oregon from which to view the whales on either their Southbound journey in November & December or during their Northbound trip, complete with new baby whales, from mid-March through mid-June.
But if you REALLY want to get a sense of what whales are like, you have to go out in a boat and meet
them up close. Harborview Inn is putting the finishing touches on a whale watching package that is not to be missed! You can get further information by clicking HERE.
The opportunity to see one of the biggest creatures on the face of the Earth in its’ natural habitat is something you will remember for the rest of your life. It’s too cool to pass up!