On the Whale Trail

Spring is the best time to visit the Oregon coast and see gentle giants on their 12,000-mile journey to Alaska.

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Whale spouting
Photographer Carrie Newell

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If you can’t make it during Whale Week, come a few months later. Depoe Bay, home to the state’s Whale Watching Center, boat tours, and whale-inspired shops and cafés, may be the gray capital of the West Coast. Nearly 50 whales spend the spring and summer in the area. Local marine biologist Carrie Newell assigns them identifying names such as Notch, Zebra Stripe, and Scarback. “These are probably the most-seen whales in the United States,” she says. For a close encounter, she takes six-person groups into the bay on her Zodiac boat. To book a late spring or summer boat trip, call 541/912-6734.

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