Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Oregon Coast ~ Whale Watching

Whale Watching Center ~ Depoe Bay, Oregon

California Sea Lion • Harbor Seal • Harbor Porpoise

While at the whale center we heard that a couple whales had just been spotted near Rocky Creek State Park, 2 miles south, so we headed that direction. We were able to see two Gray Whales, who were feeding just off shore. I was even able to get a few tail shots!

"A deep dive, also known as sounding or fluking, happens when a whale lifts its tail flukes out of the water. This helps propel the whale downward at a steep angle to the bottom, where they feed on small crustaceans. After the flukes disappear under the water, the turbulence of the dive will cause a circle of smooth water, known as a fluke-print."


  1. Praise God for the good time you had together!!

  2. WOW! That's something that I may never see, living in a landlocked state. I'll just have to plan my trips to the coast carefully; I've only seen the open ocean twice!

    You might laugh at this--on the bottom picture of the skeleton, I saw the BIG skull on that little skeleton, the porpoise, and wondered what in the world that could possibly be. Then I read the caption and saw the smaller skull where it belonged on that skeleton. Sheesh.


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