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Time to catch a whale sighting on the coast

Prime whale-watching season has begun on the Oregon Coast.

The first gray whales were spotted at the Oregon State Parks Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, heading northward on their annual spring migration.

During upcoming Spring Whale Watching Week, from March 23 to 30, more than 200 trained volunteers will be stationed at 24 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will answer questions and share tips about spotting some of the 18,000 gray whales that pass through from breeding grounds on Mexico’s Baja California coast on their way to summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas.

Maps and other information on charter boat and airplane tours are available at http://www.whalespoken.org.

Don’t forget to bring binoculars and rain gear.