Whale Watching in Depoe Bay. Best in Oregon

Whale Watching Report:

08/06/2022

It\'s Groundhog Day here in Depoe Bay for all of us, including the resident Gray Whales! We continue to have excellent sightings on all of our whale watching trips daily as the residents continue to feed along the coast line. We have multiple different whales that have been hanging out near Depoe Bay lately and the sightings continue to be excellent!


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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:

08/04/2022

Whales galore lately! We have had 100% sightings for the last several weeks now, and our boats are reporting anywhere from 2-5 whales in our area daily feeding and putting on a great show. There is a lot of bait in the water right now so the whales have been very active and feeding all day and all night!

07/31/2022

Summer is in full swing here in Depoe Bay, and the resident Gray Whales have been putting on an excellent show these last few days. They have been hanging out close by just off of Depoe Bay and they\'re putting on a great show. We even had one do a semi-breach earlier this week! Whale watching trips continue to depart daily, be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time as they tend to fill up!

07/28/2022

Despite some foggy conditions these last few days due to the high temperatures in the valley, whale watching has still been excellent. Don\'t let the Depoe Bay fog deter you! We\'ve been seeing whales every day this week and continue to have excellent sightings out there. Our resident gray whales will continue to feed along the coast line through the end of September - be sure to reserve your spots ahead of time as they do tend to fill up!

07/25/2022

It\'s a beautiful day in Depoe Bay today! Our gray whales are all over the place feeding along the coast line. Sightings have been really excellent lately. Our one hour trips depart daily, and throughout the day. Be sure to reserve ahead of time the boats fill up quick!



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07/21/2022

Whales all over the place lately! Our resident Gray Whales continue to hang out pretty close to town and feed along the coast line. We\'ve had sightings every day, on every trip for many weeks now! Our one hour whale watch trips depart daily, be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time!

07/20/2022

We have had some fantastic whale watching these last few days! We\'ve had anywhere from 4-6 of our resident gray whales out in front of town, or just north or south of town feeding all day. Ocean conditions have been stellar and it looks to be that way for the next several days! We have one hour trips departing daily throughout the day, be sure to reserve ahead of time as space is limited!

07/16/2022

Whales everywhere these last few days! Our resident gray whales have been feeding in real close to shore around Depoe Bay and all over the place. Our whale watching trips are the perfect amount of time to check out a few of our different resident gray whales, if one seems to be down a little bit longer than usual our boats will go find another one close by to ensure everyone gets the best show possible! We expect our resident Gray Whales to hang out here until the end of September and our one hour trips are available every day!

07/13/2022

After a rough and windy day yesterday that kept us off the water, we are back out again today looking at our resident Gray Whales and they\'re putting on a great show! Ocean conditions starting tomorrow look fantastic for the rest of the week through the weekend!



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07/10/2022

Awesome whale shows lately! We\'ve had a few humpback whales in our area that our boats were able to track down yesterday afternoon that put on a great show! Our resident gray whales are also in the area and continue to feed all around Depoe Bay as well. These one hour trips have been really exciting with lots of different things to see out there including bald eagles and pelicans. We go out every day as long as the ocean\'s nice!

07/09/2022

Awesome whale watching so far today! Our whale watch reports are reporting multiple whales all around Depoe Bay, with a few of them just out front of town and some of them south of town as well. Whale watching trips are running every hour this afternoon be sure to give us a call or reserve your spot as soon as you can!

07/08/2022

We\'ve had some great whale watching these last few days! Our resident Gray Whales continue to feed close to shore all around town and have been putting on a great show. Both yesterday and today we also had reports of humpback whales just offshore of town as well which have also made for a great bonus/show! They generally don\'t come in close enough for us to get to them as they tend to hang out further offshore, but some trips were able to get a glimpse!

07/06/2022

Whales everywhere lately! Our resident gray whales have been real close into shore in front of town as well as just north and south of town as well. Lots of food for them here, as they\'ve been feeding very actively these last few days! Our one hour trips run daily, and the ocean forecast looks great through the weekend!



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07/04/2022

Whale sightings were fantastic all day yesterday with whales literally, all over the place. We had them North of town, right in front of town, and South of town! They\'ve been very friendly and had some great sightings. Our 1-hour whale watching trips leave daily with multiple time options available. Our 50-foot boats are the cleanest and most comfortable boats around. Give our office a call or reserve your spots online ahead of time - the trips fill up quick!

07/03/2022

Happy 4th of July to everyone! The whales are very active today with our early boats reporting seeing them on their way out to the fishing grounds this morning. Our resident gray whales will be around all summer, and our one hour trips are available every day!

07/02/2022

Whale watching season is in full swing here! Whales have been spotted all around Depoe Bay yesterday and today. There\'s not a better time of day to see them, as they are just feeding along the coast line at this time of year. There have been anywhere from 1-4 whales on all of our whale watching trips these last couple of days, and they\'ve been putting on a great show!

06/30/2022

Whale bonanza these last few days! Our resident Gray Whales have really been putting on a show out there, they will be feeding here all summer along the coastline through about the end of September/early October. Ocean conditions look fantastic through this 4th of July weekend, and we have one hour trips available daily!



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06/29/2022

Whale watching has been excellent these last few days! Our resident Gray Whales have been hanging out close to town and feeding along the coast line, we have had anywhere from 1-5 whales a day feeding close to home. Ocean forecast looks great these next few days, and we have our one hour trips available every day. Be sure to reserve your spots ahead of time because they do tend to fill up quickly... luckily we\'ve got lots of different time options for you to choose from!

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!

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!



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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!

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!



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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!

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!



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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!