Looking For Whale Tales in Oregon
Coming down the Oregon coast at the start of our 4 week trip along the west coast, we were constantly on the lookout for whales. It was whale season and we could not leave the west coast without whale tales!
Waking up early on our stop in Yachats Oregon, we scanned the horizon for an hour waiting for a glimpse only to leave disappointed. When we stopped at the information centre, they told us that whales were feeding at the mouth of the Klamath River.
Feeling like storm chasers, we followed the local road to the Requa Overlook and found the ranger handing out binoculars to the tourists. Sure enough, there was a group of whales feeding but you had to have a lot of imagination to really see them in any of our pictures. But they really were there!
Making Whale Tales in Moss Landing Outside of Monterey, California
Arriving in Monterey, every tour placard showed the counts of the whales they had seen although you had to probe the stats really hard to be able to predict in any way your chance of seeing whales. There were a lot of different tour companies on the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf but when probed on where they would be heading, it appeared that all signs pointed to the mouth of the river at Moss Landing. So why would we waste part of our 4 hour tour just getting to Moss Landing?
Checking out the various tour companies in Moss Landing, we finally settled on Sanctuary Tours to find our whale tales.
The groups looked smaller and being local, they seemed to know which spots to pick. Their boat was in good shape, offering a bit of shade and lots of deck rail spots for picture taking. We lucked out with great weather to be out on the rolling sea. Even though they offered fancy anti-nausea bracelets, not all of the passengers refrained from leaning over the back of the boat to feed the sea life. We saw a good number of different groups of whales, some at the recommended distance and a few times the whales came to us and offered close up shots. We would certainly get our whale tales this day!
Interspersed with the whales were playful harbour seals, determined to outperform with playful antics.
It was a great day whale tales. We saw only humpback whales, with blue whales being in season a little later in the summer. The whales spouted for us and dove with wiggles of their tails on a regular basis.
But while we watched closely, we never got the full breach view we had been hoping to see. Maybe next time! We would move from whales to jellyfish in the Monterey Aquarium for our next adventure.