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The Tradewinds Whaling Report
The Tradewinds Whaling Report

Current Whale Sightings 2016

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 17:11
Current Report:
Whale watch update

Great whale watching continues with lots of critters to see a little south of the city, right out in front of ther city and even several up off of Lincoln City that the fishing boats were watching. Not much else to say except Friday looks like not a nice day but things should be fine for the weekend by the forecast.

Date: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:49
Current Report:
Fall is here... so is the ocean weather

Well officially Fall does not arrinve till Thursday but the ocean weather showed up the past few days and from here forward folks call the office in advance to check on the ocean conditions. There will be some great days where it will be just like summer and then some of those days where we stay home... like today (Monday).

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016 at 14:12
Current Report:
Coming to the coast this weekend...go whale watching on Saturday

Lots of whales with as close to a 100% chance of seeing them. That would be todays headline on whale watching. A suggestion for anyone coming down for the weekend to see the whales you might go Saturday as even though some showery periods are in the forecast for Saturday by Sunday not only showers but a growing swell. Not the best combination.

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 15:24
Current Report:
Fog, wind and whales

The afternoon weather here today was pretty foggy for about half the time we were cruising today but then by about 2:30pm or so it all moved back offshore. Pretty windy out there this afternoon. The only problem with the fog in whale watching this summer is you need to go slower so you don't run into one. The folks standing on the sea walls around Depoe Bay were watching lots of whales from that position today. You certainly don't get real close but you sure get to view quite a few of them from a distance.

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 16:29
Current Report:
Hard finding things more to say

I am going to update the whale watch report about every other day maybe every three days until something new changes. I have been around here for many years and every whale watch boat in the harbor large or small will tell you that this is by far the best it has ever been. Truthfully, I am finding it hard to give you any news, which is new. Every day the same things are taking place. The whales are to the north in multiple numbers; the whales are south of Depoe Bay in multiple numbers and they are in-between the entrance buoy and the sea wall in multiple numbers. Not being a skipper of a whale watch boat I have heard though there are upwards of a 12-20 whales in the area and I can't find an argument with that. When that changes or if we are seeing different kinds of whales or anything special happens I will inform you. Otherwise you can count on it being exactly as I have described it above. See you in a few days.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 13:21
Current Report:
Lots of wet stuff

A little too wet on this Tuesday to take the folks out as the weather discouraged lots of folks. Tomorrow thru rest of week looks much better.

Date: Monday, September 5, 2016 at 13:10
Current Report:
Labor Day whales

Everywhere describes the whale action on this holiday Monday with whales all the way in on the channel line and close to the rocks over looking the city and also both north and south of the city out about a half mile. Can't get any better.

Date: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 19:01
Current Report:

Morning Star & the Mariner out watching whales today

This picture was sent in by a customer today...Great picture

Date: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 13:32
Current Report:
Like most days...whales everywhere

North south out in fropnt just does not seem to matter daily with the whale watching this summer. Lots of them to look at. The fishing boats also checked in while up north off of the Lincoln City area this morning that there are quite a few up there as well.

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 13:49
Current Report:
Lots of whales every day

Whale watching remains excellent with sightings pretty much every direction you go north or south including right out in front of the channel entrance. It does not get much better and we even have perfect ocean conditions to watch them in.

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 16:12
Current Report:
8/30 whale watch report

Nothing much different then whale watch reports here lately as we ran multiple trips with the last one getting back in just before 5pm and they had great sightings on a beautiful ocean on all the trips today.

Date: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 13:02
Current Report:
More of the same

Really nice weather out in front of Depoe Bay and lots of whales both north and south of the city. Lots of folks down for the last week of the summer season and many of them out on the boats watching the whales.

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 14:11
Current Report:
Really a nice Sunday afternoon

One of the nicer oceans Sunday on the whale watch trips we had all summer long with skies overcast but that just made viewing the whales without the glare that much easier. Yes, as every day seems we had lots of whales to choose from.

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 16:27
Current Report:
Lots of them

The daily lots of whales report. There were four or fiv of them right outside the harbor entrance sea wall and quite a few more outside of Little Whale Cove about a quarter mile south of the entrtance buoy. Probably or shall I say a sure thing if we looked there were many others but you can only watch so many different whales in an hour trip. Another great weather day as well.

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 15:41
Current Report:
Getting just a little tire of this message

Said with a sparkle in my eye I feel like I'm getting tired of telling you this but there are at least 12-15 whales out there. On a normal summer the reports change once in a while like we had to go a mile or two south or north to find them but not this summer. Same message every day it seems. A dozen plus whales and we are watching them between a few minutes till five minutes after we leave the harbor. It is just great whale watching.

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 15:20
Current Report:
Sightings remain excellent

The whale sightings remains as it has been all summer long with teriffic trips and lots of whales to see. Battled fog again today as we have for the past several weeks but there are so many whales they are still quite easy to find. Have not had a skunking on a whale watch trips for probably the entire summer.

Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 15:20
Current Report:
Lots of whales

Another real good day of whale watching with plenty of whale sightings on our trips today. Hard to remember a summer that has been as good as this one.

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 12:52
Current Report:
Everywhere there be whales

The daily whale watch tours just began about an hour ago but even without a report I can give you an accurate one for the day. They are everywhere even a few places that will make boat operators pucker up a bit. There were two or three of them right smack in front of the entrance to the Depoe Bay harbor which caused all of the boats to proceed with as much caution as they could muster. There were also quite a few south of the city out in front of Whale Cove and there were a couple northerly ones up nortth of the city. In other words, "everywhere there be whales".

Date: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11:34
Current Report:
We had a site crash... is a updated report on what has been going on

The whale watch report crashed yesterday for some unknown reason and we lost about two months worth of reports not to get them back so we will begin today and try to catch you up.

Whale watching has been beyond belief all summer long with a dozen and sometimes more critters in our area all summer long. Not one day when we have gotten out have we not had greaat sightings. We expect that to continue all the way into the early fall.

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