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."