Whale Research EcoExcursions

Whale Research EcoExcursions

Whale Research EcoExcursions
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Bruce L
Richmond, Canada123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Oregon Coast has countless attractions that capture your attention. Most focus on the spectacular coastal geography, scenic marine views, and numerous wildlife opportunities.
Combine these features with an incredible, fun and educational experience getting out on the Pacific Ocean by booking a whale watching trip with Capt.Carrie Newell and her team at Whale Research EcoExcursions. It was the highlight of our recent visit!
The boats are RIBs - rigid-hulled inflatables - far better than than large passenger boats for safety, stability and fun! We were lucky to get out on Day 3 of the season (weather prohibiting earlier trips) in sunny skies, to locate and watch several migrating Gray Whales, as well as other marine seabirds and mammals.
Capt. Newell's Whale Museum is also part of the tour package, and well worth a visit. It's packed with interesting exhibits and information.
Written March 13, 2020
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skopi
Cincinnati, OH160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We had an amazing time. Captain Eric was fun and engaging with our kids, age 8, 10, and 12. We had multiple sightings of 2 or 3 whales.

It starts with sign-in at the museum. They currently say masks are required but Oregon changed the requirement but their emails are not up to date. My youngest wore a mask simply because it kept her face warmer and less salty.

Next, you watch a video by their biologist Carrie about whales. It is a bit quirky and fun, but also educational. Surprisingly, my 10 year old son, who does not always pay attention to details, was the one answering the captain's questions as we headed out.

You walk down a lot of steps then long ramp to get to the boat. It is a small boat with 6 passenger seats in ours. The captain goes over safety details (what to do if someone falls in, especially him, etc). And you put on safety vests. This was mid-March so it is still pretty chilly in Oregon, so you also have blankets on board.

He gives a quick tour of the harbor and we saw a few seals. Then it was a roller coaster ride out to sea. Lots of hopping waves and getting sprayed with water. It can be a little hard on your back. (there was another boat from same tour with 60+ year olds and they seemed to do fine)

Another tour company was already out there. They share whale sightings so we were in a good area. We then watched for blows. When we saw one, we would watch and for us, these whales were diving down and showing us their tails (flukes). Then you wait another 3 to 5 minutes after the captain repositions us.

After 6 to 8 different sightings, we headed back. Stopped a buoy to see sea lions then back in.

They ask for tips (Eric earned his).
You will get wet, so if you planned to do Otter Crest loop or something afterwards, you will want a change of clothes.
It is cold in March, but they have waterproof blankets.
Written March 24, 2022
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gnaxoxo
Bay Area, CA9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Went on a morning whale watching trip and it was fantastic. Barely out of the harbor and we had whales all around us. Our captain was very knowledgeable and did his very best to get us as close as possible to the whales and did a GREAT job. The zodiacs are comfortable and feel very safe. Much better than being on a huge boat with a bunch of people.

My only "complaint" was that it was advertised as a 90 min whale watching tour. By the time you check-in and get to the boats, it was not even an hour outside of the harbor watching whales. If it would have been closer to 90 minutes actually watching whales I would have given 5 stars.
Written July 12, 2021
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outdoortrippers
Cary, NC367 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We enjoyed the film of Carrie's experience with Jean-Michel Cousteau expedition at the beginning of the tour. This can be viewed, however, on the website. There was a large group that they had booked for the morning trip so they transported groups in 3(maybe 4) Zodiac inflatable, low to the water, boats and another group in a larger fishing boat. We wished we had gotten on the larger fishing boat as Carrie was captain of that boat. Their boat stayed out in the ocean 1/2 hour longer than the others and they could see the whales better. To note as well, our excursion was 1/2 hr shorter than what is advertised. The Zodiac boats are so low that they prevent you from seeing the whales due to the swells. Our Captain, Captain Kevin, didn't communicate anything during the trip, didn't educate us about the whales or the area. He was just a driver even though Carrie says her captains are great. We only saw 1 whale on our trip, a resident whale, and essentially only saw him blow a few times. The swells were in the way of any true view. Later in the day, everyone received a video from someone on board Carrie's boat and she provided great pics. Also, I would prefer if Carrie not provide our phone number to everyone on the excursion. That is personal info. The whale watching tours watch the whales close to the shore from the stationary boat so you can see the whales just as well from overlooks as we watched folks do as we were in the boat.
Written November 7, 2021
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KattygAdventures
Sandpoint, ID28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Carrie and her crew gave a great lesson before the trip about gray whales and what we could expect to see. It was fun understanding the whale behavior and identifying what they were doing out on the water. It’s so nice to see a group of people living their passion and Carie’s shines through, she loves those whales and so does her sweet dog Koda. Thanks for making it such a memorable trip! Highly recommend
Written August 2, 2020
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Dietrich Neuman
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I've been whale watching dozens of times in my life but this last trip will truly stand out in my memories. We went out recently with marine biologist Carrie Newell and her dog Koda to see the summer resident gray whales of Depoe Bay, Oregon. Carrie told us her dog Koda would start barking once she spotted a whale. Sure enough before any of us could even see the whale's spout Koda ran over to the side of the boat where the whale would surface and excitedly started barking. Thar she blows! Carrie has been studying these whales for years and has named many of them. We were fortunate enough to see Ginger and Marissa. We will return in August for another fun trip to see the whales with Carrie and the best first mate/whale spotter ever, Koda.
Written June 26, 2022
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Fred S
Kent, Washington, Usa82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We took our grandsons, ages 8 & 9 on this excursion and it was absolutely wonderful! We began with a tour of their nice museum in Depoe Bay and then thoroughly enjoyed our successful whale watching experience. The owner/captain of our Zodiac was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. We saw many resident whales and we all had a great time. The boys got a little cold and the captain immediately found a weighted blanket for them. Plus the price was very reasonable. We would highly recommend this tour and look forward to doing it again when we are in Depoe Bay.
Written August 21, 2022
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IftikharKhan
San Jose, CA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Whale Watching with a marine biologist
I don’t know if any of these videos have whales, so if you want to see whales watch the iMovie.

Got here right on time. But finding parking took a bit. Fortunately it was free.

When I entered the museum, the informative video had already started. Learned about how orcas attack grey whales by grabbing their tales and separating mother and child. Grey whales evade by staying close to shore in shallow water so they can avoid getting rammed from below. Also normally Grey whales fast for 6 months in Baja and then swim up to Alaska to feed. But this pod of ~200 whales discovered that Depoe bay was a perfect place to feed. The museum owner was featured in a video with Jacque Costeau on PBS.

So we were thrilled when Carrie (owner) and her dog Coda took us out in a military speed boat (only one of nine made).

Faiza was a real trooper, as were all the girls, as Coda lovingly invaded their space, and took a seat in their seats. Lovely dog who barks when whales are nearby. We saw 4 whales, with Dot Dot Depends flunking us near whale cove. Amazing to go wildlife watching with a biologist who clearly still geeks out every time she goes on the water. Highly recommend. And carrie gave the kids a toy whale when we got back to the museum. Highly highly recommend.
Written August 13, 2022
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Jill B
Virginia81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip whale watching with Carrie . Her passion for the gray whales just spills over with enthusiasm . Not only did we get to see 3 different whales , we went away educated and understanding Carries work along the Oregon coast . Her small groups make for a great personal trip , questions always answered . We even had her newest pup on board as she is training him to help search for whales . The boat we were on she referred to as her limousine . It is an ex navy seal boat . I wouldn’t book any other whale watching tour .
Written July 28, 2023
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Tiffany A.
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
A great excursion with knowledgeable (as in Carrie studies and knows these whales, not just a tourist attraction) staff. My husband, two boys (4&9) had an amazing adventure! Up close with Yogi the gray whale and tons of action with his friends! Even had some playful sea lions along our boat.

We were on the "larger" of the three boats (a Zodiac), which was still small and intimate. A great experience and a highlight of our Oregon trip!
Written September 10, 2021
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