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Address: Dock 3, Depoe Bay, OR 97341
Phone Number: 541-912-6734
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While watching our instructional video - which was very informative - we were told that there were killer whales out there and so we were hurried out to the boats and managed to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Gresham, Oregon
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Gresham, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

While watching our instructional video - which was very informative - we were told that there were killer whales out there and so we were hurried out to the boats and managed to see a pod of killer whales, 2 were babies and we got "fluked" - weather was good, and our guide was fun and informed. We were told... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

May 1, 2015 10am - no fault of WREE it was a clear day but windy which made the ocean horrible and sitings impossible. Our male guide made it clear he wasn't the regular guide and stated he would rely on us to point if we saw anything. He drove around a lot but again the swells made it impossible.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Take note: on the website they claim "Guided By Captain Carrie Newell Professor of Marine Biology" (she is in fact a fully credentialed & accomplished marine biologist) as well as on the large sign out front. Not so much. When I went she was at a conference, and staff also admitted she is often teaching college. So others guide many... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I'm sure that Carrie herself offers a great trip, and I know that no one can guarantee whale sightings. But prospective customers should be advised that Carrie doesn't conduct all of the trips, and except for summer, not even most of them. When we boarded the boat, our guide told us that he doesn't know much about whales. He reminded... More 

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Walla Walla, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

My 8-year-old daughter and I were lucky enough to take an ecoexcursion with Carrie and her whale-watching dog this month (April 2015). I cannot recommend this experience more - it was one of the best experiences imaginable. Carrie is so personable and so incredibly knowledgable and able to share that knowledge in a way that a non-scientist (and even children)... More 

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

I have always wanted to go on a whale watching trip and finally did it with Carrie Newell. When Oregon Field Guide went looking for whales, they went with her and so I did, too! Be sure to reserve your space early, as the trips can fill up, often a day in advance, especially with sunny, calm weather. We met... More 

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Sheridan, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I first went out on a whale watching trip with Carrie Newell on Labor Day 2013 and my life has never been the same. I knew I loved nature but was not feeling a part of the natural world. Carrie's excitement and call to the gray whales to come to the boat amazed me as wild 45 ton cetaceans from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We took the whale watching excursion with Carrie in December 2014. We saw at least eight whales and one gray whale breach. It was an amazing sight. The boat was very comfortable. The best thing about the whole trip was Carrie's enthusiasm and her knowledge and passion for what she does.

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We followed the advice of other travelers and signed up for a whale watching excursion, with a special request for Carrie's boat. Undoubtedly the other guides with the Whale Research EcoExcursions are excellent, but a trip with Carrie is something we'll remember for the rest of our lives. We were fortunate to get good weather and we saw a dozen... More 

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Damascus, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Carrie shares her expansive knowledge of the whales with ease and the right amount of eagerness. Her dog spots them and I learned quickly to sit right by the dog and look in the direction he was looking. Great adventure. Eager to go again.

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