Saturday, August 29, 2009

Depoe Bay, Oregon (Whale Watching)

The Whale's Tail is a 25' Zodiac style inflatable boat that carries up to 6 people. It was designed specifically for Dockside charters to give passengers the utmost in sightseeing and whale watching experiences. The Whale's Tail is owned and operated by Captains Gary and Kit.
Join us on an exciting and exhilarating whale watching excursion. The Whale's Tail offers a unique vantage point that puts you "up close and personal" for observing Oregon's resident gray whales as they feed along the shores of Depoe Bay. Don't be surprised if you notice the whales watching you as intently as you watch them.
Gary or Kit will provide you with a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed. After a trip on the Whale's Tail you'll be telling tales of all the whales and wonders you've seen on your adventure off Depoe Bay.
We run daily trips all day starting at 8AM and will run till early evenings. We hope to see you soon.
Dockside Charters Depoe Bay
PO Box 1308
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
(541) 765-2545 or (800) 733-8915

Friday, August 28, 2009

Whale Watching

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Whale Watching Aboard the "Whales Tail" Aug.15, 2009

Today their was around 5-7 whales in the vicinity of Depoe Bay harbor and the folks got to get a look at them all, "Ice Cap" put on a great show. There were also several Humpback whales just offshore. There was a report of some gray whales 3-miles offshore.

Adult males are about 45 feet long. Adult females are slightly larger, and measure about 50 feet long. Both sexes weigh 30-40 tons. A 45-foot, 35-ton gray whale is about the same size as 10 large elephants. The largest gray whales have flukes, or tails, that may span 10 feet.

Go whale watching aboard the "Whales Tail"

Depoe BayPO Box 1308
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
(541) 765-2545 or (800) 733-8915

Friday, August 14, 2009

Whale Watching Aboard the "Whales Tail" Aug.14 2009

Whales watching is at it's peak, with great sightings of gray whales, always a great show. For added adventure, nothing beats a great trip aboard the "WHALES TAIL". Dockside had the first licensed Zodiac style boat taking Whale Watchers out on the entire Oregon Coast. Great fun for the family. Go out with Gary or Kit for a great time.

The Whales Tail is available 7 days a week, starting in the mornings at 8:AM and runs all day and into the early evenings. We will even do sunset cruises. We have 1hr and 1 1/2 hr and 2 hr trips. I would like thank everybody who went out with us and hope to see you again.

Today their were 6 gray whales off Depoe Bay, Oregon. Eagle Eye, Vinney and Ice Cap put on a great show for everyone. The weather looks to be good for tommorrow with light winds and seas.

Fun Facts:
What is a gray whale's skin like?

The skin has many scratches, scattered patches of white barnacles, and orange whale lice. A whale's skin feels like a peeled, hard-boiled egg. All the Adult grays may have scars and tooth-rake marks from encounters with Orcas. Light gray or white scars show where the whale barnacles have fallen off. Young whales develop barnacle patches soon after birth.

Depoe Bay PO Box 1308
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
(541) 765-2545 or (800) 733-8915

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Closer Look At Gray Whales

The most conspicuous identifying characteristics of gray whales are their size, distinctive mottled gray coloring, dorsal hump (no dorsal fin) and the knuckles along the back behind the dorsal hump.

Size: Gray whales range in size from 35 to 45 feet long, and weigh 30 to 40 tons­about the length of a school bus and the weight of ten elephants, mush larger than a diver. Females weigh more and are longer than the males. Gray whales are intermediate in size in comparison with other well-known whales. By comparison, blue whales are 80 to 100 feet long and orcas (killer whales) are 20-25 feet long.

Coloration: Gray whales are so called because of their mottled gray coloration. The natural pigmentation can range from almost black to almost white, and can include white spots that range from the size of a marble to a basketball.This mottled appearance is enhanced by barnacles, barnacle scars, and whale lice.

Rostrum (Head Region): The rostrum extends from the tip of the snout to the blowholes, a length of about six feet. The rostrum of adult gray whales is covered with barnacles and whale lice. Gray whales that feed on the bottom, rub off barnacles and leave barnacle scars. Young gray whales have a dimpled rostrum with one hair in each dimple.

Eyes: The eyes of the gray whale are brown in color and the size of an orange. Eyes are located at the end of the mouth line, seven or eight feet from the rostrum tip.

Blow: The gray whale blow is 6-10 feet high and is heart-shaped if seen from behind on a calm day. About 100 gallons of air is expelled from the blow at speeds that range from 150 and 200 miles per hour.

Dorsal Hump: Gray whales have no dorsal fin, instead they have a dorsal hump at the end of the back.

Knuckles: 6-12 bumps called knuckles are seen behind the gray whale's dorsal hump. In some whales they are very distinct and in others they are not.

Baleen Plates: 300 blonde baleen plates about one foot long hanq from the top jaw. Bristles on the inside edges of those plates trap food organisms.

Blowholes: Gray whales have two blowholes like all baleen whales.

Throat Grooves: Two to five throat grooves on the bottom of the throat expand when the whales are feeding.

Flippers: Behind the throat grooves are pointed, paddle-shaped flippers.

Tail Fluke: An adult's tail fluke is 9 feet wide. When the tail fluke goes under the ocean's surface it leaves a characteristic print called a "fluke print".

Flukeprint: A large circle of smooth water formed by tail fluke turbulence when a whale dives.

Go whale watching zodiac style aboard the "Whales Tail" small groups or just the family.

PO Box 1308
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341
(541) 765-2545 or (800) 733-8915