South Beach, OR
While traveling along the coast the past few days we had seen some whale activity from afar when we made stops at the scenic turnouts and used the binoculars. The area near Depoe Bay is considered one of the prime spots to whale watch as there are a number of whales which stay in this area year round.
We decided it was time to take a closer look if we really wanted to be able to view the whales. There are several companies in Depoe Bay which take people out on fishing excursions and do “whale watching” trips as a sideline business to increase revenue.
We wanted to learn something about the whales and their habits rather than just go for a boat ride. One such company seemed to fit the bill nicely. Whale Research EcoExcursions is owned and tours are personally guided by Carrie Newell, a marine biologist, who has spent the last 20 years studying the habits and following the paths of the grey whales which inhabit these waters.
Let me apologize in advance for the lack of pictures of the actual whale sightings. A couple of things contributed to this. First was Carrie’s rule that no one was permitted to stand in the Zodiac. Completely understandable and with the swells we were encountering yesterday, it just would not be a good idea. Secondly, did I mention large swells. Many times, when a whale was spotted a large swell would roll between it and our boat and you would lose sight of it altogether. Lastly, have you ever tried to photograph a whale when you didn’t know exactly where to look to begin with, and then get a quick shot off before it went under again? All the while doing this from a sitting position?
|(Courtesy of camashill.blogspot.com)|
The Whale Watching Center located on the main street on the south side of the bridge.
I can’t say enough good things about our whale excursion with Carrie (and Kita). If you want to view whales up close, there are a number of companies which could get you there, but if you really want to learn something about these great creatures, then Carrie Newell has the knowledge, experience, and a real passion for whales. Her excursion is not the cheapest of the possible companies in Depoe Bay ($40 per person for a 1.5 hour excursion), but I think you’ll come away very happy. We did! (And to think, I got paid nothing for the above commercial.)
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!