“These whales are ones that stay here all summer,” Carrie Newell, a Professor Marine Biology tells KOIN.
Every year, around 20,0000 gray whales make the swim from Mexico to Alaska. “But 200 of those 20,000 decide to just blow it off and not go up to Alaska and to stay on the Oregon coast,” Newell says.
“Because Depoe Bay is so unique with its typography, the mysid shrimp have a good place to live and the whales get to stay here and eat all summer.”
Newell has been working with and studying the whales since 1992. She even has names for many of them.
“Eagle Eye is my favorite whale, he was born in 1992. He’s done so many crazy things over the years. I’ve seen him playing with sea lions,” she told KOIN 6 News.
“She’s been here repeatedly every summer for 20 years since I’ve been doing this and I’ll say ‘Hi, Comet!’ and she’ll vroom by.”
Newell takes boat tours out 4 times a day to visit the whales. Visit Oregon Whales for more information on the tours.