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The Tradewinds Whaling Report
The Tradewinds Whaling Report

Current Whale Sightings 2015

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 09:29
Current Report:
2015 Season Winding Down, Holiday Gift Cards Now Available

Whale sightings have been very good throughout the month of October, as our resident gray whales have continued to remain active putting on a good show for our whale watch boats. However, we have reached that time of year where ocean conditions begin to become unfavorable with winter storms and large ocean swells becoming more and more frequent. If ocean conditions allow we will run our whale watching trips through November, however the best time to come out and see the gray whales will be during the Winter Migration from mid-December through the first part of January. At that time we will offer both 1 and 2 hour trips if ocean conditions allow. Reservations can be made directly through our office about a week in advance.

Holiday gift cards are now available for all the avid outdoor enthusiasts on your list! You can order them anytime via telephone and we will send them to you in the mail right away. They never expire and can be used towards any trip!

From us here at Tradewinds we thank all of our customers that came out with us during the 2015 season, and we hope to see all of you again very soon!

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015 at 07:12
Current Report:
Whale Watching Remains Good

Our boats have been sighting whales nearly every day for the past several weeks now. Our resident gray whales typically stick around our area until mid to late October. One hour whale watching trips continue to depart daily at 12:30pm. Give our office a call a day ahead of time and we will get you out to see the whales!

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 08:00
Current Report:

Excellent Whale Watching Lately

Whale sightings have been excellent lately, the above picture taken from the Morning Star yesterday afternoon. We had a couple of days of rough ocean conditions earlier this week, but the ocean has since calmed down and the whale sightings are very good. Our one hour trips continue to leave daily, give us a call and come check out the whales in Depoe Bay!

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 07:17
Current Report:
Excellent Whale Watching

Whale watching has been stellar all week, with lots of gray whales seen each day. There have also been some humpback whales lingering in our area for a few days, and some cruises have been lucky enough to spot them as well. Ocean conditions have been really nice, and the whales have been very active. Cruises continue to run daily, give us a call to reserve!

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 08:11
Current Report:

Excellent Whale Watching on the Morning Star yesterday!

The whales continue to be very visible out there with excellent whale sightings on all whale watching trips yesterday on both the Morning Star and Sunrise. We even had a bonus of seeing a humpback whale on a few of the trips! Ocean conditions have been very nice, and we expect the whales to stick around here until the end of September or early October!

Date: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 07:43
Current Report:

Outstanding Whale Watching Lately

Whale watching trips continue to be very successful out there, with great whale sightings every day. The above picture is of one of the gray whales seen off the Morning Star yesterday afternoon. Ocean conditions have been really nice and the whales have been very active!

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 07:58
Current Report:

Excellent Whale Sightings Tuesday

Whale watching was phenomenal yesterday, with three of our whale watching boats the Mr. Max, Morning Star, and Sunrise all reporting excellent sightings of whales in various locations. The above picture was taken off of the Morning Star.

Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 07:24
Current Report:
Saturday Whale Watching Success

Whale watching trips sighted whales on all trips yesterday. The whales were all relatively close, and in multiple locations. Some cruises were able to see four or five of our resident gray whales on their trip. Ocean conditions look favorable for the next few days, and I'm sure lots more whale sightings to come!

Date: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 07:39
Current Report:

Excellent Whale Sightings!

We apologize to our whale watchers out there for not having an updated whale watching report in a few days! However, our one hour trips have been running daily and gray whale sightings have been excellent! The above picture taken off of the Morning Star yesterday afternoon. Our gray whales continue to put on great shows for us, as they feed along the coast line this summer. One hour trips leave daily starting at 12:30, and every hour and a half throughout the day after that. Reservations are recommended, but just give us a call a day in advance and we will be able to get you out! Come on out and see the great show these whales are putting on for us!

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 11:17
Current Report:
Good Whale Sightings!

Gray whale sightings have been amazing for the last several days. Our "resident" gray whales have been very active feeding along the coastline. Ocean conditions have been as calm as can be, and they are expected to stay nice for the next few days. Our one hour whale watching trips leave daily beginning at 12:30PM!

Date: Monday, July 6, 2015 at 16:32
Current Report:
Good whale sightings again on Monday

It was another good day of whale watching out of Tradewinds with multiple whales to choose from as we were able to see many of them on our trips today. It was also a nice calm day to find the whales and view them.

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 15:08
Current Report:
Sunday whale watching

The whales were right out in front of the harbor today about a half mile or so and provided us to be close to them in just a few minutes after leaving the harbor. The folks had a good long look at them as they fed in the kelp beds and did there whale tail shots and dives. Good day...

Date: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 14:53
Current Report:

Whale watching Friday on the Morning Star

Date: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 14:32
Current Report:
Fog gone but the whales are not

We finally are getting rid of the foggy weather and the whales are easy to find once again and putting on really good shows out there. The 4th of July holiday weekend should be really nice down here and more then likely cooler then the valley heat.

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 17:44
Current Report:
Back at the whale watching today

After a few days off with the foggy conditions the fog went away this afternoon and we were able to get out and watch whales. Did not hear any specific reports but they are out there. The weather for the holiday weekend sounds really good from this point so come down to the coast and enjoy the holiday with us.

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 15:57
Current Report:
No whale watch trips Wednesday

It was just a little to windy on Wednesday and to make matter worse we had pea soup fog a good portion of the day right off Depoe Bay. Hard to see them when the fog makes it pretty difficult to find them.

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 16:34
Current Report:
Lots of whales out there

Up to three + whales out in front of the harbor or just a little north or south as they moved around most of the day. Most every trip we saw at least two of them as we moved around to see a different whale perform.

Date: Monday, June 29, 2015 at 18:31
Current Report:

Whale watching really good right now

The ocean is flat the days are bright and clear and the whale watching is terrific right now. The whales are very close so we are near them within five minutes after leaving the harbor and the whales put on really neat shows. The picture above off the Morning Star show one of these performing whales on Monday.

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 15:55
Current Report:

Sunday whale watching

Sunday was a great day for whale watching as the whales were really close all day long and all of our cruises saw whales today. The picture above off the Morning Star shows a tail shot off one of those cruises.

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015 at 13:14
Current Report:
No WW cruising today

No boats were going out and did not hear of any going out so I can only assume that we did not cruise today. Maybe tomorrow.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 14:44
Current Report:
Lots of whales in the area

Whales were seen pretty much north and south of the harbor today and also there was one feeding right out in front of ther city as well. Beautiful ocean and good sightings today.

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 14:48
Current Report:

Really good whale sightings today

Had several boats out on thecae today on multiple trips watching some really good shows put on by the Gray whales on a beautiful ocean. The picture above off the Morning Star from today shows the cruise boats viewing a whale from both sides at legal distance of course. We have to stay a legal distance away from the whales at all times except when we are at legal distance and the whales swim up to us. That happens quite often actually more times then not.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 14:16
Current Report:
Whales really close today

Whales have been a little scarce the past week seeing them on some trips during the day and then getting shut out on others. Today however, they were right out front of the city feeding and swimming around putting on really good shows. It was made easier with a much nicer ocean with no wind in order to find them.

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 15:13
Current Report:
Whales up North but windy today

There were couple of whales up off of Government Point this morning but have not heard about the cruise day so far. The whales are around but the ocean is OK but quite a windy day. Suppose to be slightly better tomorrow with the wind anyhow.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 14:47
Current Report:
Whales somewhat scarce today

We saw whales this morning on the trips but they were no where to be found this afternoon. It happens....its a big ocean.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 13:36
Current Report:
Lots of whales in the area today

Good whale sightings today with one 3-whale combo was especially neat with two being a cow and a calf giving good photo moments for our passengers today.

Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:54
Current Report:
Whale Watch Coupons

Beginning June 16th our Whale Watch Coupons will be good for discounts off our 1-hour whale watch trips as in the summer months because the whales are so close to the shoreline and normally easily found we do not run any 2-hour trips. The coupons are good Monday thru Friday but not on weekends.

Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 at 11:45
Current Report:
Better ocean weather and were seeing whales

On our first cruise on Monday the boat was on its way up north to view a few whales that our fishing boat were seeing a few miles north of the city. The ocean weather especially beginning tomorrow looks like much nicer cruise weather.

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 15:40
Current Report:
Not today folks

Just to rough today folks to venture out to see the whales with all of the wind in the area. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 13:16
Current Report:
Winds are down and we are out watching whales

We got out today as the temperatures calmed into the 70's in the valley which in turn shut down the big winds here on the coast. Was watching a couple of boats watching something south of the city about a half mile so I am going to assume they were watching whales.

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 14:28
Current Report:
No cruising again today

More wind today and rough seas but the fog was at least gone. Suppose to be relief from the heat in the valley forecasted later in the week and our forecast down here looks better. We will keep you in formed.

Date: Monday, June 8, 2015 at 18:36
Current Report:
Way to much wind folks

Just way to much wind today and the forecast for tomorrow does not look a whole lot better. We will however hope for some relief from the heavy winds which has also turned the ocean waters upside down as well. We are into a very windy pattern right now and are hoping for some relief from the heat in the valley which in turn will calm the winds down here on the coast.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 14:30
Current Report:
Foggy whale watching Saturday

With the heat in the valley brings wind and fog to the Coast. So not sure if we ran whale cruises today and if there were any sightings. Amazingly since we know where the whales feed the summer finding them even in foggy conditions is not something we have difficulty doing most of the time.

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 13:57
Current Report:
Wednesday whale report

Whale sightings for the cruise boats on two different front this afternoon with sightings both north and south of Depoe Bay today. Many happy customers.

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 13:56
Current Report:
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
Current Report:
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
Current Report:
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
Current Report:

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
Current Report:

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
Current Report:
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
Current Report:

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
Current Report:
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.

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