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Whale watching

The Oregon Parks & Recreation Department's Whale Watching Week runs Dec. 27-31.

OREGON PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT, PROVIDED

One of these years, I need to make it over to the coast this time of year to do a little whale watching.

Gray whales are headed south and for those who might be interested, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the aptly named "Whale Watching Week" Dec. 27-31.

According to those folks, an estimated 20,000 gray whales are on their way from Alaska to Baja, Mexico.

"Whales are a special part of the Oregon coast," said Luke Parsons, ranger. "Nearly 20,000 people visit our whale watch sites each winter and are educated by our excellent volunteers. I hope visitors walk away feeling a little more connected to these animals, along with a greater appreciation of our oceans."

Volunteers will be hosting programs at 24 sites along the coast each of those days from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

For info on the watch sites, go online to whalespoken.wordpress.com.

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