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Whale-watching week begins on Oregon Coast

FILE--In this March 20, 2015, file photo, Jim Border, who volunteers to help members of the public spot whales during Spoken Here Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast, scans the horizon for signs of spouts from the tip of Cape Lookout, near Tillamook, Ore. (Zach Urness/Statesman-Journal via AP, File)

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP) — State Parks and Recreation officials say this week is an excellent time to see whales on the Oregon coast.

Ranger Luke Parsons from the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay says an estimated 20,000 gray whale are traveling south from Alaska to warm lagoons off the coast of Baja, Mexico.

The parks department marks its annual whale-watching week by designating 24 "Whale Watching Spoken Here" sites that offer the best viewpoints. Volunteers staff the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering viewing tips and facts about whales.

Whale-watching week began Wednesday and ends Dec. 31.

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