Cape Perpetua hosts Whale Watch Week March 19-26

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 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 19, through Saturday, March 26, 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 north to their summer feeding grounds near Alaska. This winter more than 1,600 whales were sighted by Whale Watch volunteers along the Oregon Coast during the whales’ southern migration.

Michael Noack, retired chief park ranger at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, will present “Experiencing Gray Whales” at 11: 30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 21. 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, federal recreation pass 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.