Oregon Coast Whale Watching Event Returns

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Volunteers will also provide information on dolphins, porpoises and their habitats.

NEWPORT, Ore. (KOIN) — If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors this summer, an event on the Oregon Coast will bring you closer to one of the largest mammals on the planet.

The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society hosts the ninth annual Summer Whale Watching Weekend July 30-31 at Boiler Bay State Park in Depoe Bay. Section volunteers, as well as “certified naturalists,” will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day to help people watch whales and other wildlife.

They will also provide information on dolphins, porpoises and their habitats.

“No worries about seasickness, this is environmentally friendly shore-based whale watching,” the Oregon chapter of the American Cetacean Society said in a statement. “You can observe whales in their natural habitat without causing any disturbance.”

People can learn what a cetacean is, the differences between a dolphin and a porpoise and much more. The Chapter wants people to know that this is a free family event, open to the public and fun for all ages.

“The most frequently sighted cetaceans along the Oregon Coast are gray whales. Learn about the Pacific Coast Feeding Group of gray whales and the myth of resident whales,” said ACS. “Whales face many threats and some species and populations are on the brink of extinction. Find out how you can make a difference wherever you live in the world. Join us for a fun and educational weekend.

The group requires participants to follow current CDC, state, and local guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19.

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