The spring whale migration begins in March and although whale watching sites are open at coastal parks, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced that trained volunteers will not be available with no hosting of Spring Whale Week this year.
The Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay remains closed but OPRD announced that it is bringing back its whale watching livestream on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel. The live-streams are scheduled 10 a.m.-2 p.m. from March 21-25.
The Whale Watch Center will reopen to visitors in late this spring.
“Designated whale watching sites offer the best chances of spotting whales because of their locations, usually slightly elevated above the ocean and in areas where whales are more easily seen,” OPRD said in a news release.
Some 25,000 gray whales are expected to pass by Oregon’s shores from late March to June on their way to cool Alaskan waters, OPRD added. Many will be accompanied by their calves, born during the winter in the warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico.