Oregon winter whale watch week begins Thursday

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The winter whale watch begins Thursday along the coast of Oregon and two neighboring states.

The state Parks and Recreation Department trains volunteers to help visitors at 24 lookout points spot gray whales on their southern migration.

The spots range from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Wash., to the Ninth Street Beach in Crescent City, Calif.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that nearly 7,000 people stopped at lookout spots last year and saw a total of more than 1,000 whales.

The event runs through Tuesday.