Spring is the best time to visit the Oregon coast and see gentle giants on their 12,000-mile journey to Alaska.
Photographer Carrie Newell
It’s almost like spotting a shooting star. You patiently scan the dark blue ocean, hoping for a glimpse of a whale spout or a fluke breaking the surface. Knowing these enormous, otherworldly creatures are hovering just below, about to appear at any moment, makes your heart race. Then, a movement in the distance. Somehow you know it’s more than just a swollen wave. Suddenly a giant animal shoots out of the water, amazing everyone around you into a stunned silence that breaks only after the beast’s crashing splash back into the sea.