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Whale Watch Week on the Oregon Coast

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It's Whale Watch Week on the Oregon Coast and with a typically mixed forecast, grab your rain gear and head outside.

Gray whales are traveling north, from their winter breeding and calving grounds off Baja, Mexico to their traditional feeding grounds up by the Bering Sea.

Jay Moeller is Chief Park Ranger at Yaquina Head Outstanding Area. He says on this journey, the mothers teach their calves how to find their way.

MOELLER: "So, they're staying very close to shore where both parent and child can look ashore, see where they are and find their way. The thought is, I guess, on the way back they've already figured that out to a degree and they don't stay so close to shore on the southbound winter migration."

Though the first northbound whales were spotted around Valentine's Day, this week is the beginning of a peak that will continue for the next month. Volunteers with binoculars and scopes will be on hand at sites up and down the coast to help visitors spot whales.

Whale Watch Week is March 19th through the 26th on the coast.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.
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