- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Winter whale watching season officially begins Sunday on the Oregon coast.

The Register-Guard newspaper reports (https://is.gd/LWYbow ) this is one of the best times of the year to spot gray whales migrating south to Mexico, where they will give birth to their calves.

Oregon State Parks ranger Luke Parsons says about 18,000 whales travel 12,000 miles from arctic waters in Alaska to Baja Mexico each winter. The trip takes about three months.

Parsons says there are about 40 volunteer-staffed locations where gray whales can be spotted this week, including the 10th floor of the Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City.

There are also 24 viewing spots along the coast marked with “whale watching spoken here” signs. Volunteers will be available at the locations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com


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