Whales near Yaquina Head Lighthouse

In addition to the various seabirds I saw while visiting Yaquina Head Lighthouse on Saturday I also saw a few whales, but wanted to wait until I had the photos from Sunday at Depoe Bay ready to post.  As I mentioned in that post, don’t get too excited – you really don’t get to see much.  These aren’t whales jumping way out of the water (called breaching) like they do in the Pacific Life commercials.  You wait for the spray of air (spout) being ejected from their blowhole then watch as they arch their back while diving back underwater.  These are gray whales which live in this area year-round.

Sequence 1 (4 shots):

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Sequence 2 (8 shots):

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I didn’t notice it at the time but this whale appears to have a big chuck taken out of it’s back.  I’m guessing maybe it got snagged by the propeller of a large boat.

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