Journey of the Giants Gray Whale Migration off Westport

Westport, Washington

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The Pacific Ocean along the Washington coast is a highway for migrating gray whales. Luckily these majestic mammals often travel close to shore as they head north from their calving grounds each spring. Next to actually seeing the whales, the most fun is the anticipation and excitement of looking. Add to that the pleasure of looking for sea otters, dolphins, sea lions, seals, and birds and you will have a great time. There are never any guarantees, but on a good whale-watching boat with a knowledgeable skipper, your chances are very good. On one trip we saw two orcas in the harbor and wondered if they would engage in aggressive behavior toward the grays, but the orcas left them alone. The most unpredictable part is the weather—spring on the coast can be sunny, or it can be too foggy or stormy to see. Be flexible. Just in case the trip is canceled, have a contingency plan in mind.
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by Sunny Walter & Janet O'Mara (Falcon Guides)

The Pacific Ocean along the Washington coast is a highway for migrating gray whales. Luckily these majestic mammals often travel close to shore as they head north from their calving grounds each spring. Next to actually seeing the whales, the most fun is the anticipation and excitement of looking. Add to that the pleasure of looking for sea otters, dolphins, sea lions, seals, and birds and you will have a great time.

There are never any guarantees, but on a good whale-watching boat with a knowledgeable skipper, your chances are very good. On one trip we saw two orcas in the harbor and wondered if they would engage in aggressive behavior toward the grays, but the orcas left them alone. The most unpredictable part is the weather—spring on the coast can be sunny, or it can be too foggy or stormy to see. Be flexible. Just in case the trip is canceled, have a contingency plan in mind.

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Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Westport
Duration: 2 to 4 hours, plus travel time
Season: Best March and April
Local Contacts: Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce
Driving Directions: Directions to Journey of the Giants: Gray Whale Migration off Westport

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