DEPOE BAY Outdoor

Summer Cetaceans

Summer is a great time to see whales along the Oregon Coast—especially in Depoe Bay—and the best time is during the eighth Annual Summer Whale Watch Weekend, hosted by the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society (ACS). The Whale Watch Weekend will take place July 27–28 at Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint just north of Depoe Bay. ACS volunteer members and certified naturalists will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day to help attendees watch for whales and other wildlife as well as provide information on whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats.

Photos courtesy ACS Certified Naturalist Era Horton

The whale watch event is free, open to the public, and for all ages. It is a family friendly, shore-based opportunity to watch whales in their natural habitat without causing disturbance. Participants can have all sorts of whale questions answered, including what threats affect them, what people can do to help, along with other cetacean questions (including what a cetacean is). The most frequently observed cetaceans along the Oregon Coast are gray whales. Those who attend will learn about gray whales, particularly the Pacific Coast Feeding Group, and the myth of resident whales. Everyone is invited to join the Oregon Chapter of ACS for a fun and educational weekend. For more information, contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon Chapter President. (541-517-8754; marine_lover4ever@yahoo.com; facebook.com/ACSOregonChapter)

Photos courtesy ACS Certified Naturalist Era Horton