There have been lots of sightings of Whales over the last month in Oregon.  There have even be some sightings of the usually rarer humpback whales recorded by some of the officials from the Whale Watch Centre.

The increase is probably due to the calm and sunny conditions recently.  Firstly you are able to see the whales more easily, particularly due to the smaller waves size.  The calm is also good for the Whales too, calm conditions are much better for plankton and other food to grow much more quickly.

The numbers are really quite impressive, in fact on September 20th – ten whales were spotted.  Nearly every day through September at least 5 per day were spotted.

So how do you go about watching these whales.  Well the best places to see them are from promontories with lighthouses.  Try Neahkahnie Mountain up on the North Coast or Yaquine head on the central coast. Remember that the number of sightings can vary enormously with the seasons.  Also the type of whale will vary with the seasons too, one of the best times is through the end of March when lots of sightings are usually made.

It’s a very good time to see the Grays which migrate towards the end of March and they travel in large groups which makes them easier to spot.  Also the 14 foot blow helps spot them too.  If you want to get more information on whales further afield then check out the environmental and nature site on the BBC website.  You might need to use this technique to get access – http://www.proxyusa.com/bbciplayerabroad2012 which demonstrates how to use the website.

More great footage on YouTube and CTV – Try this

 

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