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The Tradewinds Whaling Report
The Tradewinds Whaling Report

Current Whale Sightings 2014

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 15:05
Current Report:
Lots of whales once again

On a beautiful day out on a beautiful ocean the whales are once again very easy to find both north and south of Depoe Bay. It is a great time thru most of October to see the whales before they begin to leave the area on the southerly migration.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 15:24
Current Report:
Lots of whales again

Whales out front and a few more north and south of the harbor area. Beautiful ocean and bright warm blue skies here at the coast.

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 19:41
Current Report:
Lots of whales & other animals to see

No official cruise boat report today but without a doubt lots of whales in the area. Some of the fishing boats had to be plenty careful coming and going out of the Depoe Bay channel because up to three whales were feeding and swimming around just outside the channel.. There were others north of the city as well. Also lots of sea lions sleeping on the sea buoys outside the harbor and 5 or 6 harbor seals always visible inside the harbor. Then there are the many different sea birds always visible in the ocean waters so get ready for a great cruise with Tradewinds Depoe Basy.

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 16:11
Current Report:
Whales real close today

Happened to be driving up on top on the coast Highway and just saw several cruise boats out about a quarter mile in front of the harbor entrance. They were just sitting and drifting watching whales. Another Blue whale was just offshore a few miles as it was entertaining some of the fishing boats. Having Blue whales around here is becoming commonplace as this is three years in a row we have had them in the area during the summer months.

Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 14:57
Current Report:
Whale watching today was more then just nice blue skies

The passengers on all three of the cruise boats on Thursday saw lots of Gray whales but as the Kadaho reports also got a good view of a rare Blue whale in our area today. Beautiful day on the ocean today.

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 15:13
Current Report:
Right out of the horses (whales) mouth

Got an email from a passenger on one of the whale watch cruises today (12:30pm cruise) and they said that the sightings were excellent. So, I will count this as a official-unofficial whale watch report and post it. I would bet my bank account on the report though because on the way home on one of the fishing boats today we saw plenty of them right out in front of the harbor.

Date: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 15:18
Current Report:
Good whale sightings today

The fishing boats this morning saw whales both ways...going and coming in many places today so it should have been a terrific whale watch day.

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 15:58
Current Report:

This couple off the front of the Morning Star had a great view of this Gray whale.

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 15:56
Current Report:

It was a great day to watch whales

Most days around here in the summer are terrific whale watch days but today had the terrific ocean weather as well as good whale sightings. The picture above shows a nice whale tail taken off the Morning Star Thursday afternoon.

Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 09:55
Current Report:
Blue skies and no wind thus far on Sunday

A really nice clear day so far and sure is nice to have that after all of the fog we have been having lately. Lets hope it stays that way as we look forward to seeing whales beginning at 11am this morning I'm told. Reports later hopefully and lots of room as we run as many boats as we need to depending on the amount of folks we have wanting to go.

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 14:30
Current Report:

As we told you earlier, the whale watching was going to be good today as the picture off the Morning Star shows you above.

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:50
Current Report:
Should be an excellent whale day (Thursday)

Simply a beautiful ocean and believe it or not...No Fog. Flat ocean and 3-4 whales maybe even more, who knows.... right out in front of the harbor about a half mile out swimming around doing the whale things.

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 15:58
Current Report:

Take a look at this fantastic whale Kodak moment off the Morning Star today (Wednesday)

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 15:33
Current Report:

Another good day of watching Gray whales

There were 3-4 whales out there today and the picture above shows one of them spouting and getting a few breaths before heading down to the whale buffet on the bottom. Believe it or not 20 minutes before this picture was taken off of the Morning Star you could not see your hand in front of your face as the fog was so thick. Its amazing how fast fog comes in and how fast it just disappears.

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 16:38
Current Report:
Fog & Whales again

It was pretty foggy out there again today of which we are all growing tired of but we at Tradewinds still have the experience to find the whales even in the fog. Over the years, we just know the places they hang out in the summer months. Anyhow, we did see them today from all the reports that I heard.

Date: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 14:58
Current Report:

Not even "FOG" can stop the Morning Star and TW from finding the whales for the folks to see and the picture above shows a little fog and a whale.

Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 17:35
Current Report:

This is quite a photo of Gray whale swimming right behind the Morning Star Saturday afternoon....quite the picture of the day

Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 13:47
Current Report:

Another good whale watch day Saturday on the Morning Star as the picture shows above. Several whales out there close by so the folks get pretty much the full hour of watching them do there thing which is pretty much non-stop feeding.

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 13:38
Current Report:

Friday whale watch report

It was terrific whale watching out in front of Depoe Bay on Friday even with the fog hanging around. In the picture above off the Morning Star by Captain Dustin the whales were in clear view as the picture looks back towards the Depoe Bay entrance. Another great day in Depoe Bay.

Date: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 13:25
Current Report:

The whales are right out front and putting on good shows

The whales are right out front giving some whale tail shots and putting on pretty good shows for the folks on the Tradewinds cruise boats. This is always historically a really good time to watch whales in this area and will continue clear thru the middle of October.

Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 16:31
Current Report:

Whales around Depoe Bay on Sunday

The whales were here again pretty much within minutes after the boats leave the harbor. The Morning Star took the above picture of a nice whale tail shot.

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 15:13
Current Report:

Whale watching good again on Saturday

No ocean swell today, beautiful blue sky but a little windy and choppy but lots of whales for the folks to view. The Morning Star had this one in the picture above off the bow of his boat and then off to see the others in the area. Good day....

Date: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 15:48
Current Report:

Friday whale watching

Boatload after boatload etc left the Tradewinds Depoe Bay whale watch dock to go out and see the Gray whales as they feed in the shallow waters off the Depoe Bay coastline all summer long. Today was especially good in the sightings as the whales can be exceptionally friendly at times and will come right up to the boat. We are perfectly legal in obeying the laws to protect them by parking a required distance from them. If the whales come to the boat that is absolutely legal in anybody's book who knows anything about what they are talking about. The picture above off the Morning Star today shows them in there daily routine (the whales that is).

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 16:57
Current Report:
Good whale sightings Thursday

Up to three whales feeding right next to the rocks just to the north side of Depoe Bay. Lots of trips and lots of passengers today on a beautiful blue sky day.

Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 13:30
Current Report:
Whales pretty much everywhere today

They were right out front of the harbor entrance.... they were north off of North Point and the Condos.... the were south off of Whale Cove..... Everywhere....

Date: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 17:20
Current Report:
Good whale watching on Monday

The Mariner reported today that they saw three feeding whales really close to the harbor with one right out front of the harbor and two more north up by Pirates Cove.

Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 14:04
Current Report:
Good whale watching all weekend long

It was a nice weekend of weather and whales were here all weekend long and put on real good performances for the folks onboard the Tradewinds cruise boats. Lots of tail shots and we also heard about some migrating Humpback whales offshore.

Date: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 14:53
Current Report:
Whales all over the area today

There were whales in all the directions today down south a ways, out front real close to the Depoe Bay entrance and a few clicks up north. Good whale watching day.

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 15:09
Current Report:
Terrific whale watch day today

Actually what I meant was that we had loads of people on the boats going out to see the whales but don't know exactly the results of those trips. I did see two Tradewinds boats barely in the fog sitting out off of North Point just sitting there so if I can "ASSUME" I will guess that it was a good day of foggy sightings for this Tuesday.

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 15:57
Current Report:
No reports today

It was a beautiful day after the morning drizzle cleared up and the clouds went away but did not hear any whale watch reports today but we ran 4-5 trips out so hopefully all of the folks onboard had a good day.

Date: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 16:09
Current Report:
Good whale sightings on Monday

There were three whales in the area today that gave the folks onboard the Kadaho, Tacklebuster and the Sunrise great sightings thru the day.

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 18:41
Current Report:
No reports today...sorry folks

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 16:07
Current Report:
Whales nearby today

There were three whales in the area today and the Morning Star reports that they all put on really good shows up off Government Point about a mile north of town here. They were there all afternoon thru all five of the cruises we ran today.

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 15:35
Current Report:
No whales on first trip and then.....

Our cruise boat of the day operated by Captain Dustin on the Morning Star had asked for channel clearance to bring his first cruise passengers back to port and had not seen any whales. Just before entering the harbor there was a whale just outside the harbor entrance. They did the whale watching in extra time so it was a bad cruise that turned good at the last minute. The rest of the afternoon so far has produced good whale sightings in the normal spots.

Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 17:01
Current Report:
The whales were here to see today

The whales were around the area today but they were feeding in and around some wash rocks so it was difficult to get real close to them. We did see them but it was from a few hundred yards away.

Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 16:13
Current Report:
Whales on all trips today

Not a whole lot of details but we saw whales on all of our whale watch trips today evening with the semi-foggy ocean conditions.

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 18:05
Current Report:
Good whale (fog) watching today

It was a little foggy today but enough pushed back off the shoreline starting around noon for us to find the whales and give the folks a good trip out to see them.

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 16:13
Current Report:
Good whale watching all day today

The whales were pretty much all over on this day with whales found up north early, down south a little later and then later in the afternoon right out in front of the harbor. The folks that jammed three boats today (Morning Star - Tacklebuster - Sunrise) had a good variety of whales to see today.

Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 15:10
Current Report:
No whale watch trips on Tuesday

We do have these days at the Oregon Coast in the summer months from time to time where it is windy, cold, foggy and a ocean that was just not very nice. Today was one of those days. Tomorrow will be better (we hope).

Date: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 16:13
Current Report:

It was not foggy in Whale Cove this afternoon...

...especially when a wedding was taking place

This afternoon Cindy and Troy repeated the vows of marriage in beautiful Whale Cove and the ceremony was officiated by our own Captain Dan onboard the Mariner. The picture above showed the happy couple after the wedding as they stood on the "pointy end" of the Mariner and posed for their wedding picture. Congratulations Cindy and Troy.

Date: Monday, July 7, 2014 at 15:18
Current Report:
Foggy but we found whales

It was somewhat foggy out there today but it was clear enough in spots for our boats to be able to find the whales at least on the first trip. Not sure what happened later.

Date: Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 15:19
Current Report:
Good whale watching on Sunday

As in the summer months we advertise only the 1-hr trips because the whales are as I said yesterday, (normally) "close and easily found". Well today let us further explain that as the whales were immediately right outside our channel entrance and spent the entire afternoon somewhere in that neighborhood within 300-400 years off the Depoe Bay shoreline and entrance. The Mariner spent the entire day within sight of being able to read his name on the boat from the shoreline. Thats close....

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 16:33
Current Report:

A little more whale watch action taken on the Morning Star on Saturday

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 16:32
Current Report:

Super whale watching on Saturday

As the picture shows we had really good whale sightings on Saturday and the one above was taken just about 600 yards outside the Depoe Bay harbor entrance. This is why we only run 1-hr trips in the summer months. The whales are (normally) close by and easily found.

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014 at 16:57
Current Report:
Good whaled watching today on the 4th of July

Captain Dan on the Mariner reported in with really good whale watch results today with whales on all of the cruises and even a mother whale and her baby along the way as well.

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 16:29
Current Report:
There must have been whales out there

No TW whale cruise reports but radio chatter this morning was placing the Gray whales down by Gull Rock a few miles south of our harbor and also heard of another one closer to Depoe Bay. The Humpback whales are going by in very large numbers but they are quite a ride offshore to get to them about 5-6 miles. But the fishing boats were saying what a great show they were putting on out there with full breaches occurring regularly.

Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 17:56
Current Report:
Whales all over today of different kinds

Grays....Blues...Humpbacks !!!

The first two trips we were watching Gray whales put on a terrific show on the inshore spots and on the third trip of the day the Mariner watched Humpbacks a short distance offshore & put on equally good shows. There was also a report of a Blue whale spotting offshore 3-4 miles in the morning hours.

Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 19:20
Current Report:
Whales south of the harbor today

Our two boats out whale watching this afternoon watching whales about a half mile south of Depoe Bay right out in front of Whale Cove. Not sure about to much information other then that. There are whales and we did see them.

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 16:25
Current Report:
There were whales on the radio

Did not hear from any of the Tradewinds whale watch boats but i did hear on the radio from others that they were seeing spouting whales out there around the NOON hour or a little earlier. It was quite the sun drenched but very windy ocean waters today.

Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 19:00
Current Report:
No whales to see on Sunday

The ocean was just to rough out in front of Depoe Bay most of the day Sunday so we cancelled all of our trips today. Even if we were able to get a boat out there was so much swell in and around the shoreline getting in where they seem to hang out would have been quite hazardous. Hopefully tomorrow is a better day.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 19:59
Current Report:
Good whale watching today and then came the swell

The Tacklebuster reported that on the initial whale watch trip of the day they had really good whale sightings but then a forecasted swell came up which made it tough on the preceding trips. The whales were tucked in pretty tight down south and when the boats got out later in the afternoon it was not a good idea to try to get in where they were feeding. Because of the growing swell we did not see them after the 1st trip of the day.

Date: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 07:55
Current Report:
Keep in touch with our office if you have whale watch reservations today

If you have reservations to go whale watching today contact our office later this morning after 10am to check on the ocean weather as one of these quick hitting summer wind driven storms hit the coastline early this morning roughing up the ocean some. It is forecasted to subside later this morning so we are hopeful to go ahead with our schedule if things get better.

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 20:12
Current Report:
Great whale watching Thursday

The Tacklebuster reported that the whales were out there in force today with great sightings around the Depoe Bay area and performed really well with many fluke and tail shots. Beautiful ocean and terrific sightings.

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 15:38
Current Report:
Thursday (morning) whale watch action

Can't tell you much about the whale watch boat action thus far this afternoon but I can tell you that fantastic whale watching took place on the fishing boats this morning. Up off of Lincoln City where we were dropping baits in search of bottom fish there were several really large whales chewing on the crab spawn which was the same thing the finning fish were doing. They were almost within reach of the fishing boats and put on a great show for the folks fishing all morning long.

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 17:09
Current Report:
Good whale watching again today

The Mariner reported that the whale watch trips today were very successful with excellent whale sightings and good performing whales on the trips today. The ocean was also very nice with a little light fog but did not effect the viewing.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 14:39
Current Report:
Good whale watching again today

Another beautiful ocean and another good day of whale sightings Sunday. Not a lot of information but whales on every cruise I believe.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 05:33
Current Report:
Good whale sightings Saturday

On a nice ocean but a little on the windy side the whales did there part and showed the folks on all of the Tradewinds whale watch adventures Saturday a good show. There were whales on all of the trips reported by our cruise boat on Saturday the Morning Star.

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 17:33
Current Report:

Lots and Lots of whale watch cruises today

We had three boats going at once today on our whale watch cruises out of Tradewinds and as you can see from the picture above taken off the Morning Star that there were terrific sightings all afternoon. On top of that a beautiful ocean.

Date: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 16:40
Current Report:
Saw whales on all of the trips today

Good whale watching today and heard they saw whales on all trips and then saw the boat from the shoreline north of town so we even know where they were located. Good news to see whales this time of year as that is a real good sign that these whales we are seeing are pretty much here to stay as they have found whale food and will be with us thru the summer into the fall.

Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 13:42
Current Report:
Whales around Depoe Bay today

The Morning Star our cruise boat for the day reported that 1 or 2 whales around today so good sightings for the folks on the whale watch cruises today.

Date: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 17:08
Current Report:
Weather did us all in today

Sorry folks but nothing today as wind, rain and fairly heavy seas were the word of the day. Fast moving system like all summer weather normally is and looks fine for tomorrow. See ya then...

Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 14:07
Current Report:

Whales out in front of Depoe Bay today

Good whale watching today as the picture above taken from the Mr Max shows one of those whales on a beautiful ocean today. The winds stayed away today for the first time in over a week and as summer approaches hopefully so is the beautiful weather.

Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 14:06
Current Report:
Really good whale watching today

The Tacklebuster reported that on his 11am whale watch excursion today that the sightings were terrific and they put on a great show for the folks onboard. We had trips later in the day as well so hope the critters stayed around for the whole day.

Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 15:46
Current Report:
Whales around the area

Have not heard any specific reports from our whale watch boats the past few days but I do know there have been whales around the area. Have been hearing some of the morning WW rubber boats out there describing whales around the condos just north of town and one down south but nothing specific coming from our cruise boats.

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 14:26
Current Report:
We didi see whales out there this afternoon

Actually it was one whale that we saw today about a half mile or so north of the city right in close to the shoreline. Both the Morning Star and the Mariner were out there this afternoon. We got one really good view when he swam out towards our boat before turning around and heading back in close to the rocky shoreline. With the little swell that we have now but lots of wind chop it made it a little difficult to get real good views. The spouts were blown down by the wind so quickly you really had to have good eyeballs out there on this day.

Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 18:06
Current Report:
Don't believe we saw whales today

We had one WW cruise out today and with the left over swell that graced us yesterday we could not get to where the whales probably were. The whales have been inshore pretty much next to the shoreline and within about a half mile was as close as we could get today. Better ocean tomorrow into the weekend.

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 14:36
Current Report:
Forecast better after Tomorrow (Wednesday)

The daily afternoon NOAA forecast just came out and the wind forecast all the way thru the weekend they were predicting has been reduced quite a bit. So after another rather unusual large swell forecasted for tomorrow we should be a lot better beginning on Thursday thru the weekend. Hope-Hope !!!

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 13:40
Current Report:
Big Waves Today

No whale watching today as the ocean for this time of year was unusually rough. Might not have been fun out there and finding them would have been even more difficult. Tomorrow (Wednesday) does not sound real good either. We will keep you informed.

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 15:13
Current Report:
2nd boat a little luckier

Didn't know we had two whale watch boats out there this afternoon. The 2nd boat left about 10-15 minutes after the first boat and guess what? On the last five minutes of the trip they were out there when the whale appeared just right out in front of the harbor. So some of the folks saw the whales and some did not. We run good cruises at Tradewinds folks as we have back-up plans in case we don't see whales. Like the ever present sea lions perched on the buoys, beautiful scenery, sea birds and the trip when the tides let us into Whale Cove to see the harbor seal colony. Most of the time we find whales but there are those times when we don't.

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 14:57
Current Report:
You would think that a 40-foot long animal would have a tough time hiding

Did not see a whale on our whale watch trip today after doing the ultimate search just about everywhere. As soon as we got back into port one was spotted about a half mile out next to the first buoy. About a half hour later it was still there more then likely feeding. As good as we are finding whales it is hard to believe for a whole hour they can hide like that but it does happen from time to time.

Date: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 14:28
Current Report:
Another cow and a calf out there this afternoon

One cruise out today on the Mariner and even with all the wind out there today they found a mom and her baby swimming around. The pair put on a good show in the windy conditions down south of Depoe Bay a couple miles.

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 15:42
Current Report:

Wednesday afternoon whale watch "Pumpkin Cruise"

We call them Pumpkin Cruises because they are school groups that are required to wear the orange life vests we have on all our charter boats. So as you look at the picture you will see lots of orange in the photo above just before they left the dock this afternoon There were quite a few Gray whales in the area today and even this morning a pod (4) of Killer (Orca) whales.

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:56
Current Report:
Orca's off Depoe Bay Wednesday morning

Hopefully any cruises we send out today will have the opportunity to see the pod of Orca whales that some of our fishing boats got to see this morning. They were hanging around out from of the harbor for quite a while this morning so maybe they will hang around. One time all four (3 adults and 1 calf) of them came within 50 yards of the entrance to Depoe Bay.

Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 14:17
Current Report:
Cow and a Calf on the whale cruise today

The last migratory whales to go by are usually the mothers and there young ones and we had a good show watching one of these pair today as the Mariner caught up with them just on the south side of the harbor this afternoon.

Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 17:36
Current Report:

Have A Terrific Memorial Day Holiday

We honor our military men and women

Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 14:02
Current Report:
Good Memorial Day weekend whale watching Sunday

The Kadaho reported that the whale watching was really good Sunday on a spectacular ocean. Lots of sunshine and no wind on a flat ocean. CORRECTION We saw whales on some of the 4 trips we took, but not on all of the trips.

Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 15:20
Current Report:

Good Whale watching Saturday

As the above pictures tells you the whale watching for Gray whales was really good today with good sightings and whales putting on a really good show for the folks on board. The Morning Star took this photo of todays action.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 13:52
Current Report:
Whales right our front Thursday

Good whale watching today as a few were right out in front of the harbor and quite a few more up off of Lincoln City some of the fishing boats reported. They all seem to be feeding which is a good sign that our resident whales are here for the summer.

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 18:20
Current Report:
Good whale watching Wednesday

Had several boats out today at the same time watching three whales the report was and they were really on there game today not only showing tail shots but breaching. It was quite a show today and only at Tradewinds Depoe Bay.

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 13:24
Current Report:
Whales still in the area

No cruise boat reports so far this day (Monday) but the whales were spotted in the area this morning so hopefully we will find them for the passengers onboard the cruises today.

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 16:45
Current Report:
Great sightings today

Not a whole lot of particulars but was told that there were whales everywhere today and great time for all of the Tradewinds faithful.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 07:12
Current Report:
Saw some whales today

The whales have scattered since a few days before when we had lots of them around and they do move around looking for the best food sources. We did see them but they were a little scarce today.

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