You Don’t Need To Travel To The Oregon Coast To See Migrating Whales

The annual whale migrations are one of our favorite things to see on the Oregon Coast. Every year from mid-December through January, around 18,000 whales make their way south from Alaska down the coast to Baja, Mexico, where the warm waters are perfect for giving birth to their babies. They make the return trip with their calves from late March to June.

It’s a long-standing tradition on the Oregon Coast to watch for the whales as they make their journeys past our beaches, and many communities host whale-watching events. This spring, Oregon’s state parks along the coast are all closed due to COVID-19. Luckily, you can still see the migrating whales on a special live feed. Check it out:

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Luckily, the Oregon State Parks live feed on YouTube.com lets you spot whales without leaving your home! Visit the page, then scroll down to the “Uploads” section, where you’ll find all the live streams throughout Whale Watching Week. The video shown below is from day one of Whale Watching Week, March 21, 2020.

Do you have fond memories of seeing the whales during the migration? Share them with our readers in the comments!

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