Whale Watching in Depoe Bay. Best in Oregon

Whale Watching Report:

06/25/2022

It\'s going to being a beautiful day in Depoe Bay today! We have whale watching trips available all day today and we expect the ocean to be super nice today! Our resident Gray Whales have been very active lately these last few days and feeding all around town. Come on out and cool off today - we should be in the 70s-80s today!


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Dockside Charters runs whale watching excursions on a daily basis during our whale watching season. The season typically goes from mid-December through October. Our whale watching season actually is two part: migration and residential. The migratory season begins in December and usually extends until mid May. Mid to late May is when our “resident” whales begin to arrive. Our resident whales are a group of roughly 20 whales that, though they do migrate don’t go all the way to the Bering Sea but rather feed during the summer season within just a few miles of Depoe Bay and stay in the area until late October. The same whales return year after year and we are able to identify returning whales by their individual markings and the skippers even have them named.

Pacific Gray Whales have the longest migration of any animal on earth going from the Bering Sea to the Baja Peninsula and even into the Sea of Cortez. Their migration allows calves to be born in the warm waters of the Baja lagoons, that is vital to the survival of the newborns because they have no insulating blubber layer at birth. As the new calves and their mothers slowly migrate North the calves gain about nine to ten pounds per day. What makes that even more remarkable is the fact that the cows (mother gray whales) feed very little if at all during the migration. This is often quite evident by the physical appearance of the cows when they reach Depoe Bay, they are literally racks of skin and bones, having used their fat reserves to support the calves during migration.

After they arrive here feeding is the priority. Pacific Gray Whales are baleen feeders, they filter food they need from the water by straining it through their baleen plates. Organisms they feed on are quite small, one of the whales most important food sources are Mysid Shrimp. Mysid Shrimp live in and around kelp forests and never get more than about a half inch in length. They resemble mosquito larva more than shrimp and the whales will consume up to 2000 pounds of them a day. At other times they will feed on copepods they filter by taking mouthfuls of muck from the bottom or even skim feed on schools of very small fish.


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Humpback and Blues whales are also seen occasionally though not as frequently as Gray Whales. We are fortunate here in Depoe Bay to have whales nearby for us to see for most of the year.

At Dockside Charters we run our Whale Watching excursions from safe comfortable 50 foot Delta Charter boats. They are Coast Guard Certified and have everything required for your safety and piece of mind. They have all the amenities: comfortable heated cabins, rest rooms, indoor seating, seating out on deck. You are able to walk all the way around the boats and are elevated above the water for excellent whale sightings. Our captains have decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge they share during the excursions making them interpretive tours. Our boats have access doors to walk on and off with ease or provide wheel chair access. We can accommodate large groups.

Reservations are recommended for our whale watching tours, to make yours call 541-765-2545

Whale watching excursions seven days a week, subject to marine conditions.


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Archived Whale Watching Reports:

06/23/2022

Whales, Whales, and more whales! We\'ve had excellent sightings of our resident Gray Whales these last couple of days and our fishing boats have already reported in seeing whales \"all over the place\" today. Summer is in full swing here at Dockside Charters, be sure to reserve your spot on one of our one hour trips as soon as you can!

06/20/2022

Our resident grey whale \"Scarback\" is back! Scarback has been a local to Depoe Bay for 25-30 years. Everyone knows when Scarback is in the area due to the huge gash on its back that\'s covered in whale lice providing a protective orange coating. We\'ve been seeing 1-3 whales a trip now that we\'re in our peak summer whale watching season!

06/19/2022

Whales all over the place this weekend! We have been sending out lots of whale watching trips lately and have been able to find lots of our resident Gray Whales in the area. Today our boats were able to find a mother and calf not too far from town, and yesterday we had some trips that saw 3-4 whales as well. They should be pretty active locally here through the summer. Our one hour trips run daily!

06/16/2022

Ocean conditions were yet again really nice today, and what started out as a rainy morning turned out to be a beautiful sunny day! Our whale watching boats reported seeing anywhere from 1-4 whales on their trips today, some close to home, and some pretty far south of town, but it was worth the drive down there! We will be whale watching 7 days a week and have many different time options available throughout the day as we get into our Summer season!



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06/15/2022

Our resident Gray Whales are back! We\'ve had excellent sightings these last few days. They\'re feeding pretty close to shore right now and have been seen all around town lately. We have one hour trips available every day and the ocean conditions look great through the weekend!

06/13/2022

Excellent Gray Whale sightings these last few days! Yesterday our boats reported seeing anywhere from 1-3 whales on their whale watching trips. Our resident grays definitely seem to have moved back into the area for the summer. They\'ll be here for the next several months feeding. We have one hour trips available every day!

06/11/2022

We\'ve had some excellent whale watching these last couple of days! Our resident gray whales are really putting on a show and we\'ve had sightings all day today so far. Ocean conditions look amazing for the rest of this week. We have several different times available throughout the day, every day, be sure to reserve quick as they do tend to fill up quickly!

06/08/2022

We have killer whales out there today! Our first trips just came back in reporting awesome sightings of a pod of orcas in our area. We\'ve had lots more orca sightings this Spring than usual, we normally tend to see them more in April/May but they seem to be sticking around a little bit later this year. You never know what you\'ll find out there!



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06/07/2022

Beautiful ocean conditions out there today! We had good sightings of our resident gray whales all day yesterday and it sounds like they are back around today feeding in the area! Ocean conditions look great these next couple of days, we have our one hour trips going out periodically through out the day!

06/06/2022

Wet and windy weekend for whale watching these last couple of days but the whales didn\'t mind! There were sporadic orca sightings this last weekend near Depoe Bay, as well as our resident Gray Whales! Seems like the residents are showing up in more numbers and closer to home these last couple of days. Ocean forecast looks fantastic this week, we\'ve got one hour trips scheduled every day!

06/03/2022

We had killer whale sightings today! Both of our boats found a couple of good sized orcas just South of town and they put on a great show. Although we are primarily looking for Gray Whales, we do get rogue pods of killer whales that come through our area periodically in the Spring and Summer. We never know when they\'ll be here or how long they\'ll be around for. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to check out the videos we got of them today!

06/02/2022

We were able to find a couple of our resident Gray Whales yesterday just South of town, it definitely seems like those residents are starting to make their appearance around here. We should be seeing more and more of them as we get into the Summer season! Ocean conditions look great these next couple of days, a bit windy on Sunday, and then really nice again for all of next week. Starting to look like Summer around here!



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06/01/2022

We sent out a few whale watching trips yesterday and were able to find one of our resident Gray Whales just South of town a little ways! We have trips scheduled for every day this week, and we\'re coming up on the time of year when our resident Grays should be showing up in bigger numbers. Ocean forecast looks fantastic for the next week, be sure to reserve your spot on one of our one hour trips!

05/31/2022

Our resident Gray Whales have been a little elusive these last couple of days. We had some stormy weather this last weekend that kept us from getting out there to look for them, although we did send out some trips yesterday afternoon once the weather finally cleared up. It didn\'t sound like the boats were able to find them but they did see a lot of Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, and Porpoises out there! Every day is different, you never know what you\'ll see on our trips. The ocean forecast for this next week looks amazing every day, we will be sending out our one hour trips daily!

05/27/2022

Whale watching has been good these last couple of days. It sounds like we have been able to find some of our resident Gray Whales on most of our trips. We have trips scheduled for today, and if the weather holds, we will have some available this weekend as well! On Monday, we also have Whale Watching available after the Fleet of Flowers Ceremony in the afternoon. Ocean conditions starting Monday and on look excellent!

05/24/2022

The ocean conditions could not have been more ideal today! It was as flat as a lake out there, with no swell and no wind. It made for great whale watching on our trips we sent out today. Sounds like the boats were able to find one of our resident Gray Whales out there that put on a decent show. There were also orca sightings late yesterday afternoon, so it would appear we might have some orcas frequenting the area at the moment. We\'ll be back out there tomorrow to see if we can find either them or our gray whales!



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05/23/2022

It\'s another gorgeous day in Depoe Bay today! We will be out looking for our resident Gray Whales again today. Yesterday our boat was able to find one just North of Depoe Bay feeding. The ocean conditions look very nice all throughout this week. We have whale watching trips available every day!

05/21/2022

It\'s a beautiful day in Depoe Bay today! Our fishing boats out there have already reported seeing several of our resident Gray Whales in the area. Ocean conditions look great for this weekend. We have whale watching trips going out all day today and tomorrow, be sure to reserve your spot before they fill up!

05/17/2022

Awesome whale sightings today! We had a few different cruises out there today and were able to find some gray whales that put on a great show! The ocean was absolutely beautiful today. Tomorrow looks to be a bit windy for us but Thursday and on through the weekend looks great! We\'ve got trips scheduled every day so be sure to make a reservation before the boats fill up!

05/15/2022

We\'ve had some windy and wet weather this weekend but the ocean conditions were good for us to get out on our whale watching trips! We saw whales yesterday and they\'re out there today looking for them again. Ocean forecast looks great these next two days for whale watching!



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05/14/2022

We\'ve had some wet weather here these last few days but we were able to get out whale watching today and it sounds like they did come across some gray whales! Monday and Tuesday look like awesome days to get out ocean condition wise - we still have space available, be sure to give us a call or reserve your spot online!

05/11/2022

We\'ve had excellent gray whale sightings this week! The ocean looks like it\'s going to be a bit rough tomorrow but Friday looks great. Definitely is looking like our resident gray whales are moving back in the area for the summer. We still have spots available on Friday at a few different times - give us a call!

05/10/2022

Beautiful day here in Depoe Bay today! We sent out three cruises today, and we were able to find a resident Gray whale just south of town. The ocean conditions were super nice, and are expected to be that way tomorrow as well!

05/08/2022

We\'ve had some really rough and stormy weather here these last few days and the ocean has been pretty angry, but it looks like starting tomorrow it\'s finally settling down again and we should be able to get out! We have whale watching trips scheduled every day this week, we\'re anxious to get back out there and start looking for those resident Gray whales again!



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05/02/2022

We sent out several different whale watching trips yesterday and were able to find some gray whales out there to look at! We also sighted some other wildlife out there, including some porpoises and harbor seals. We have some rough weather here today and later on this week but Wednesday looks like the best day weather-wise for whale watching right now!

04/30/2022

A little bit of rain out there today but the ocean conditions are nice and we\'re getting ready to head out and look for our resident Gray whales! we were able to spot them on both trips we sent out yesterday, shouldn\'t be any reason we can\'t do the same today. We have trips going out today and tomorrow, be sure to reserve your spot as they tend to fill up quick!

04/29/2022

The ocean conditions have been very nice today and they are seeing gray whales out there! Sounds like they have been hanging out closer to home today, which works out great. The closer they are the longer we can watch them on our trips. We have trips available through this weekend, be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time!

04/28/2022

Whale sightings were excellent today on both cruises we sent out! We have two times available tomorrow, looks like we may get some wind in the afternoon so the earlier you go in the day the better tomorrow. We have both an 11:00 and 12:30 available. Reserve online or over the phone!



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04/27/2022

The ocean conditions settled down quite a bit today and we have whale watching trips available. Our fishing boats out earlier today reported seeing some gray whales out there so we anticipate they\'ll be hanging around this afternoon for us to check out! We have cruises going out every day for the next several days - ocean conditions look great through the weekend!

04/26/2022

The ocean wasn\'t quite as nice as was forecasted today with a bit of wind and bumpy bar crossing conditions that came up unexpectedly. We were able to get out there and look on one cruise today but the whales were a bit elusive. Luckily the ocean forecast for the next 5 days looks amazing - very low swells and light wind, which will make for very good conditions to look for whales. We have whale watching trips scheduled every day, be sure to give us a call or reserve online!