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Whale Research EcoExcursions

Whale Research EcoExcursions
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skopi
Cincinnati, OH140 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

outdoortrippers
Cary, NC331 contributions
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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Karen M
Chicago, IL136 contributions
Aug 2021
This was one of the highlights of our trip! Wasn't expecting to be able to see whales during the summer, but there is a pod of resident grey whales that live near Depoe Bay, and this tour company is owned by a marine biologist who studies them - which means you have her expertise, and the captains of her boats all know the whales well. We were on Captain Eric's boat, and we saw the whale named Ginger many times over the course of our tour. It was an amazing experience, and something to check off the bucket list. Their boats sit low in the water, which means that they are comfortable and less prone to making you seasick.
Written September 29, 2021
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Tiffany A.
1 contribution
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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Jay V
5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had Capt Eric on the starfish. At noon 9/7. Very knowledgeable. He was awesome! We saw maybe yo yo then found out it was ginger and she fluked us 2x. Then we saw marissa. He told us about pelicans and birds that dive 590 ft. History of whale cove, about sea lions, about the kelp, the coast guard. At end of trip took us to buoy with a bunch of sea lions. They know what to do if you feel seasick. No worries. Highly recommended.
Written September 8, 2021
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Felicia P
1 contribution
Sep 2021
Despite their advertising, you will not be accompanied by a biologist, but rather will have a boat driver with very limited knowledge. Both Carrie and her staff seemed to be completely ignorant of their own policy to require all passengers wear a mask, or they are lying to their customers to make them feel better. Not only did they not enforce their own policy but they berated me for requesting that they do so. Our boat driver, Kevin, actually got in my face and told me to leave if I didn’t like that they weren’t enforcing their own written policy. These people are incredibly rude, have an extreme disregard for public safety, and falsely advertise their services.
Written September 7, 2021
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Amy H
sacramento304 contributions
Aug 2021
Our experience was poor because of the wicked ocean, not the good people at Whale Research EcoExcursions.

We had looked so forward to this activity. Check in was a little delayed. We watched an interesting pre-video. Carrie is very passionate and I really wanted to experience her every day life. We walked down the stairs and approached the boats. This was going to be so much fun!

And then.... Nooooo!!! Captain Carrie quickly harnessed her boat to the dock. She had just been out and the water was crazy churning. She and the other captains hurried upstairs to review conditions. After 10 minutes of waiting, she returned with the bad news that we would not be going out. Possibly in the afternoon, which didn't happen either. Then offered the next day, but unfortunately, we were headed home. Not sure we will be back, but I appreciate everything Carrie does and that our safety is the highest priority. We received a refund that very day.
Written August 22, 2021
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RLK
14 contributions
Jul 2021
We were able to see a whale up close to our boat several times. I applaud the passion that Carrie and her team bring to the researching and preservation of the whale population. I have been on other whale finding tours and this was by far the best.
Written August 22, 2021
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NJ5travelers
NJ24 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Carrie and her dog love finding whales for you. The tour starts with a video Carrie made to preview what’s to come and highlights some of her research . Everyone then loads up in the boat and off to find the whales. (Note there is a steep set of stairs to reach the boat) Carrie is extremely knowledgeable about sea life and she clearly loves to share her education and experience with you.
Written August 20, 2021
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Patti McDaniel
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a 7:00 am Whale Watch with Kevin. This was an alternative trip due to a cancellation of
a trip the day before because of weather. I loved that we had so many sightings. Kevin is a seasoned
Captain. Thank you for a beautiful experience.
Written August 12, 2021
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