Cape Perpetua hosts Whale Watch Week Dec. 27-31

Contact(s): Lisa Romano, Paul Meznarich

Have a whale of a good time at Cape Perpetua. Whale Watch volunteers will be available to help visitors spot whales and share information from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, 2400 S. Hwy. 101, three miles south of Yachats.

Gray whales will be traveling past Cape Perpetua as they make their way south to their winter breeding grounds off Baja, Mexico.

Cape Perpetua volunteer interpreter and naturalist Michael Noack will give four free presentations, “Experiencing Gray Whales,” prior and during Whale Watch Week:

  • Saturday, Dec. 26: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 28: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Noack has studied gray whales for many years, assisting with whale research missions and training Whale Watch volunteers. Films and interpretive materials about gray whales also are available at the Visitor Center.

Whale Watch Week is part of Oregon State Park’s Whale Watch Spoken Here program. All presentations and events are free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.

Volunteer interpretive ranger Michael Noack watching for whales at Cape Perpetua.