Watch: ‘Astounding’ number of whales off Oregon coast

Between 6 and 20 whales sighted on Central Oregon coast per day

A gray whale is seen off the coast of Depoe Bay, June 2017. (Oregon Parks and Recreation)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Officials at the Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay say they are seeing between 6 and 20 whales per day in Lincoln County in recent weeks.

The number is “astounding” for this time of year, according to the Oregon Coast Beach Connection. Sightings have been reported in Yachats, Newport, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach and Lincoln City.

Gray whales begin swimming toward Alaska in March but seem to be sticking around because of good weather conditions.

Video in this story is courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation. The first clip shows a whale breaching on June 7 and the second and third clips show various whale activity in front of the Whale Watch Center.