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The Tradewinds Whaling Report
The Tradewinds Whaling Report

Current Whale Sightings 2015

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 13:56
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The cows and calves are arriving

Had really good whale sightings Tuesday afternoon with two mother Gray whales being followed by two juveniles as they head to there northerly destinations. Beautiful ocean and terrific whale watching.

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 14:50
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Saturday whale watch wrap

Whales spotted on all of our trips today folks and on the 2pm trip we were watching a group of 10-whales moving around and feeding. That had to be thrilling!

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015 at 15:37
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There R whales out there

No cruise boat information but the whales are in the area as the fishing boats have been seeing them pretty much daily.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 14:50
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This is the pod of Orca whales we saw off the Charter boat Sunrise today put on a fantastic show.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 14:48
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Terrific whale watching on Friday

If you didn't go whale watching with Tradewinds on Friday then the picture above will show you just part of what you missed. A big pod off Orca whales were right out in front of Depoe Bay putting on a great show.

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 15:00
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One whale in the area today

We heard of one whale that was swimming around in the area today as this time of year different whales come and go daily. By the middle of June however many of our resident whales will be back and hopefully a few new ones to feed in our area all summer into the fall months.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 14:52
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TW Pumpkin Cruise

The picture above shows the "Pumpkin Cruisers" loading up on the boats and getting ready to go out and find some whales to see. If you look carefully at the picture you will see all of the young folks on the boats have the orange life vests on, hence the "PUMPKIN" word usage. The youngsters from the Audubon Society of Portland come down every year and go out with Tradewinds to view the whales and there are close to 200 of them each year. Yes, they did see whales.

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 14:01
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Whales in the area

Not sure what the cruise ships did today but there were up to 3-4 whales on the north side of Depoe Bay out in around 100 feet of water cruising around so we know they are in the area and probably feeding. The fishing boats spotted them this morning.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 16:36
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A few whales today north of the city

The fishing boats out this morning saw up to three whales north of town up off Government Point feeding on the abundance of what appeared to be crab spawn in that area. That is one of the feeds they are quite fond of.

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:48
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Still whales in our area

The last few whale trips we have taken are producing some decent sightings on most of the trips as the migration north continues. No real strong evidence it appears so far that any of the normal residents are back in the area but we do get feeding whales along our shoreline fairly regularly which might indicate some residents. Anyhow, some nice sunny weather beginning Wednesday thru next weekend is on tap for the coast.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 05:36
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Saturday weather OK-Sunday even better

The ocean weather made a turn for the better for the weekend with "good-to-go" weather now for Saturday and really nice weather on Sunday. Come on down and go whale watching with us.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 14:53
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Its been a tough weather week

It's been over a week since we have gotten out to watch the whales as the ocean has just been to windy and sloppy to make it any fun out there. I know we still have a little more of it scheduled for the first of the week but possibly (finally) some change coming our way towards weeks end. We have seen a few wandering by out front so we know they are around when we can get out to see them.

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 11:09
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Ocean weather update

We had to cancel all of our ocean activites today due to rough ocean conditions. The forecast looks a little "nautical" for the next 4-5 days or so which makes us want to tell you to please call our office directly if you have any fishing or whale watch activites scheduled with us thru the end of this next week. We will keep you informed best we can on our APP and the website updates.

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 13:17
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Feeding whales

Another good whale Kodak moment onboard the Morning Star on Friday with whales in real close and feeding in our area. Again, this is great news as possibly these same whales will be here all spring and summer long enjoying all of the food available for them along our coastline.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 18:21
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Quite the whale picture

One of the passengers on one of our boats this morning took this great whale picture while out with us Thursday. Great whale picture and as you can tell a really flat ocean.

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 18:41
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Good whale sightings on Tuesday

The whale sightings were right out front a little on the north side and it appeared that the ones we saw were feeding. Thats good news as it might mean not only are the migrating whales going by but it also could mean some of our resident whales are around the area already.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 15:25
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Rough seas on Saturday

The ocean seas were just a little to big and rough on a sunny day in Depoe Bay on Saturday to take the folks out on whale watch trips. Hopefully things will calm down in the days ahead.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:05:17
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Great Whale Watching Thursday and Friday


Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:01:21
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Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00:42
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Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 12:00:02
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Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 18:52
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Lots of whales

The ocean was full of northerly migrating whales today as three boats including the Sunrise ran trips all day and saw whales on each and every trip.

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 08:54
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Excellent whale watching Saturday

Had trips all morning and afternoon yesterday and finished up at 5:30pm and saw whales on all of the trips it was reported. The northerly migration is underway.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:36
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Northerly migrating whales should be beginning soon

If history is correct when it comes to predicting the whale migrations which in recent years has been correct we should start to see them here within a week or so swimming by Depoe Bay. Hopefully some will be looking at Depoe Bay as the summer home for them in 2015 and will stay with us like they have been doing. Hope for some good weather for the beginning of the spring breaks and whale watching here in Depoe Bay.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 15:15
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A little early for the northerly migration but some whale spotted

The offshore bottom fishing boats are reporting some whales being seen still heading south about 5-7 miles offshore on Friday and Saturday. The Northerly return migration should begin here in a few weeks.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:12
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Coupons on the website and the Tradewinds APP

The first installment of 2015 coupons are now visible on the Tradewinds website coupon link and the Tradewinds APP coupon link. The beginning date is March 15th, 2015. There are coupons for bottom fishing trips, Halibut trips & one and two hour whale watch trips. Coupons on the website are printable for your use and if you use our smartphone APP you only have to show the office staff when you check it the coupon you want to use on your phone and it will be honored.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 17:59
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Tradewinds says Hi to you folks in Redmond, Oregon and Boise, Idaho

For you folks in Eastern Oregon and Idaho we hope to see you out at the sportsman shows to be held in Both Redmond, Oregon and Boise, Idaho this next week, March 5,6,7, & 8. We will be at both locations with fishing and whale watch information and some valuable coupons for some great discounts for the 2015 season. Come see us at our booths.

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 12:11
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Northerly migration will begin around the middle of March

The southerly migration is over even though there might be a small chance to see stragglers around but the chances are down the percentage ladder quite a bit. The whales will begin to make the return trip beginning around the middle to late March and then we will have migratory and resident whales in the area clear thru late fall.

Date: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 18:46
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It was a great Holiday season

The two week Holiday season will end tomorrow (Sunday) but we should have good whale watching for the next three weeks on the southerly migrating whales. Best time to plan a trip is on the weekends so we have enough folks to allow one of the boats to make the trip out to see them. We will be open when the ocean conditions are nice the next two months and open on a daily basis beginning March 1st.

Date: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 20:31
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Lots of holiday whales

Had lots of trips the past few days and the whales are mostly out about two miles in about 180-200 feet of water and we have been seeing lots of them. They are swimming in pods of 3-5 whales and moving to the south quickly. Should be really good sightings for the next 3-4 weeks as they move by Depoe Bay.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 19:33
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Happy New Year

Hope your had a great 2014 and a better 2015 as we usher in the New Year. From all of us from the Tradewinds family Happy New Year and hope to see you for the 2015 fishing and whale watching season.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 06:46
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NEW Tradewinds App up and running

The New Tradewinds Depoe Bay mobile App is up and running fully now so download it (It's FREE) and use it to make reservations and get the latest fishing, weather and whale watch information happenings.

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 06:27
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Weather sounds really nice thru next weekend

For any of you whale watch folks the ocean weather sounds really nice all the way thru the final holiday weekend. The whales are here in good numbers going by Depoe Bay on the southerly migration. Give us a call as we do have trips going out daily. Dress warmly!!!

Date: Friday, December 26, 2014 at 15:04
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Lots of whale sightings

The southerly Gray whale migration is in full swing with lots of pods of whales and great sightings about 2 miles offshore on Friday. Sounds like tomorrow (Saturday) could be a decent ocean weather day with a not so nice conditions on Sunday. The first of next weeks shows the swell again coming way down so hopefully the New Year's week can be a good one as well.

Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 13:29
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Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 13:23
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Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas

From all of us @ Tradewinds Depoe Bay we wish you and your family the best of holiday wishes and a very Merry Christmas.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 10:05
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Holiday gift certificates make great Christmas presents

If your having a hard time with what to get for a relative or someone special you might consider a gift certificate from Tradewinds Depoe Bay. They have no expiration date on them and you can have them for any amount that you desire. Just call our office directly at 541-765-2345 and the office staff will get it in the mail to you quickly. If no answer leave a voice message with name & phone number and we will get back to you within 24 hours or sooner.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:24
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Tradewinds Mobile App “Live” now on your Smart Phone

The Tradewinds Depoe Bay Mobile App is now available on your Smart Phone. Just go to your App Store on your Smart Phone and add it to your Apps you have saved on your phone for quick reference. You can dial our ticket office directly, checkout our whale watch and fishing reports, check our Rates, find available coupons, and get directions to our office in Depoe Bay and other valuable information. You will always be just a few clicks away from Oregon Coast fishing, whale watch information and coastal weather with this new app. Check it out and always be a click away from Tradewinds Depoe Bay the largest and everyone’s #1 charter business on the Oregon Coast.

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 08:18
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Happy Thanksgiving

Our office will be open after Thanksgiving if the ocean weather is OK for whale watch trips. If the weather is not good we will be operating on limited hours but the answering machine is turned on and we will return your calls. We are now taking reservations for holiday whale watching trips during the southerly migration after Christmas Day. We hope that you and your family enjoy a terrific Thanksgiving from all of us here at Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 19:15
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Daily whale watch news & updates when available

It is that time of the year when things really begin to slow down and that daily updates become increasingly difficult to find something to report. This is what we call down here the off-season where we will be running whale watch trips when we have the folks wanting to go and when the ocean weather allows that to happen. Remember the whales will be leaving the area within the next three weeks or so and the southerly migration begins in earnest around the middle of December. When we have trips and are able to run them we will report them to you or any other news that you might want to know about. Other then that we will begin the daily reports again March 1st, 2015. Remember, gift certificates no matter what the occasion are available year around by calling the office directly at 541-765-2345 or 800-445-8730. See ya in the spring 2015.

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Tradewinds Charters
P.O. Box 123
Highway 101, Downtown
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341


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