EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — This is Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast, and volunteers are staffing 24 whale-watching sites.
The Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/ZU7CmQ ) reports the sites extend from the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash., to the Ninth Street Beach in Crescent City, Calif.
Volunteers are at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily through Saturday.
During the spring migration, about 18,000 gray whales will pass by the Oregon Coast headed for Alaska's Bering Sea.
The first of them show up in mid-March, with more typically seen through April and May. Juveniles pass first, followed by adults and then mothers and calves.
The whales are closer to land than during their winter migration, taking advantage of food along the shore.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com