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The Tradewinds Whaling Report
The Tradewinds Whaling Report

Current Whale Sightings 2017


Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 17:03
Current Report:
Orca whales all day long
This time of year (late May & 1st part of June) always seems to be good Orca whale sighting time as we were seeing them on all of our trips Saturday as we go out to see the resident Gray whales. Orca's show up when they want to and unlike the Gray whales there is no specific schedule. Not sure if we saw any of the Gray whales today but when we get a chance to see the incredible "Killer Whales" we do that 1st priority.


Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 14:54
Current Report:

Saturday afternoon whale watching

Looks like the Orca Whales are in our area (picture)



Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 16:20
Current Report:
A good week seeing whales in our area
Have not heard a report for today (Sunday) yet but we do know that we have had a good week thus far in finding the whales around our area. It is still a little early for some of the regulars to be here yet but it seems every week we see a few more beginning to frequent the area here to begin there summer feeding patterns.


Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 16:20
Current Report:

Here some "REAL" whale watchers for you


These two girls in the picture above (Sarah & Darlyn) have been going with Tradewinds watching whales for a while and love doing it so much they had matching whale tattoos put on there fingers. Now these two gals are the "REAL DEAL"!!!!



Date: Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:26
Current Report:
Is some good whale watch weather on the way?
After a very bad winter and equally bad spring weather wise after tomorrow (Tuesday) the forecast for the close to shore ocean weather report looks really good for possibly as long as ten days or so. Lets hope it comes true and could be a good time to come down here and do some spring whale watching.


Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 14:27
Current Report:

Mr Max goes the extra mile to see some breaching whales


Whale watching as we get closer to summer is heating up as we are beginning to see not only the usual Gray whales but the Humpback whales are also beginning to show up in our area now. Today our whale watch vessel Mr Max, started out with a few quick glances at the normal Gray whales next to the shoreline only a few hundred yards from the harbor entrance but heard of some Humpback whales offshore. Not sparing any suggestion of saving fuel the skipper quickly headed offshore 3-4 miles and not only found the Humpbacks but as the picture above shows they were breaching Humpback whales. Tradewinds tries to give our folks the best trip we can even at a little more expense to the operator. Three cheers for Mr Max.



Date: Monday, May 8, 2017 at 12:45
Current Report:
Whales in the area on the move

The whales are around but it seems like the resident whales havenot fullly arrived yet as the majority of them whales we are seeing seem to still be moving in anortherly direction. Quite a few cows and calves are also on the move.



Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 15:48
Current Report:
Lots of feeding whales in the area

As we get closer to summer the local resident whales are beginning to take up that residence in our area and will be with us through the summer months into the fall. Come on down and go with the best whale watch fleet on the coast. We have daily trips on nice ocean days.



Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 18:44
Current Report:
Good sightings on Tuesday

Not a goof ocean weather forecast thru the weekend

We had excellent whale sightings on Tuesday all day but hopefully the ocean weather reports will improve as not looking good thru this weekend into the first of next week.



Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 14:53
Current Report:
Misty afternoon but good sightings Saturday

Lots more of the spring break folks were in Depoe Bay looking for a ride out to see the whales. Tradewinds had three boats running trips out there on a misty afternoon but had plenty of good sightings for the folks to go home with.



Date: Friday, March 31, 2017 at 17:31
Current Report:
Big day whaling Friday

The office reports that we took out 290 whale watchers on Friday which has to be some kind of a office record one might think. Lots of spring breakers wanting to see whales and should be another big day tomorrow. Oh YES,we saw whales all day long. For those of you coming down to see the whales make sure you get here for tomorrow as Sunday looks like a not-so-nice day.



Date: Friday, March 31, 2017 at 15:36
Current Report:
Lots of whales & whalers

They are going out there in huge numbers to see lots of whales and finding them about everywhere you look. We have three boats going all day and heard some will be going towards 6pm taking the folks out. Tomorrow another nice day predicted before bad weather comes in again for Sunday.



Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 15:48
Current Report:
Next few days ocean weather outlook

Stay away from tomorrow (Wednesday) as sounds just miserable tomorrow but improving a lot on Thursday with the best days looking like Friday and Saturday. Sunday looks not real nice as of right now.



Date: Monday, March 27, 2017 at 12:56
Current Report:
No whale stuff on Monday

Had lots of folks waiting to go but we cancelled the day. Just a little too rough out there Monday for most of the whale watch types and its hard to find them also on these days. Hope for better seas tomorrow.



Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 18:53
Current Report:
Spring Break whale watching

The office report on whale watching was that we ran quite a number of whale watch trips on Saturday and we saw lots of whales on every trip. Good time to come down and see the whales and hopefully we get some nice spring break weather to view them in.



Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 14:21
Current Report:
Some whales out there

Not as many as we had hoped for Sunday but there are some very quick travelers out there moving north very quickly but the word was they were not showing much activity. They would blow and then go down and make themselves hard to find. One skipper saiid they were zig-zagging instead of the preferred straight line travel.



Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 15:35
Current Report:
The whales appear to be here a little early

Had a few trips out on some early whale watching trips to hopefully find some northerly migrating whales that might be here a little early. We did!!! They were 4-5 miles offshore but there were up to five that we did find out there. Find some nice ocean weather and hop onboard to see the whales.



Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 at 13:38
Current Report:
Spring whale watching

Our office is open daily on good weather days on limited office hours and a good time to call us is after 10am in the morning. Our office will re-open full time daily beginning March 1st and all of our six boats will be available by the end of March. Right now the Morning Star and the Mariner are running whale watch excursions with the Sunrise, SeaSon, Mr Max and the Kimberly Ann sometime from mid-March to the end of March. The northerly Gray whale migration normally begins around the middle of March with the summer whale viewing beginning immediately after that. As the weather improves as Spring approaches we will be gearing up for the 2017 season.

Hope to see you at Tradewinds in 2017.



Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 14:45
Current Report:
Happy New Year

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