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“Second time around, better than the first!”

Whale Research EcoExcursions
Ranked #3 of 17 things to do in Depoe Bay
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Just went on our second Whale Research EcoExcursion. The first time was about a year ago. Both times we got to be in Carrie Newell's boat. There is nothing like feeling her passion for her whales, that she knows by name. Today we actually called out to Comet and she kept coming closer and closer. It was amazing. We also saw a lot of Blanco, the male gigolo, as well.

I did get a tad bit seasick this time around, but felt fine the first time. I would much rather ride on these Zodiacs than the larger boats that looked like they were rocking & rolling in the swells.

This is something we will try to do every year, as we have a timeshare here in Depoe Bay.

2  Thank Frances L
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

The real selling point of this particular whale watching tour is having a whale biologist guiding your tours. We didn't get that experience as our captain freely admitted to knowing nothing about whales...but plenty about birds. The only "interaction" with the biologist was the pre-trip video. Given that intro I suspect if she is along the ride is very interesting. Asking the captain, during June he said about 7 in 10 trips sees whales so your odds of seeing something are good but the odds of not aren't insubstantial. We didnt see whales but we saw seals and sea lions. The boat skipper did a good job of navigating the waves and the tours supplies hats and gloves along with waterproof blankets. The ride wasn't very wet in terms of spray from the boat but there were rain squalls and it was cold and windy. The hats and gloves help and you want a good jacket. The ride in the front 2 seats was a bit uncomfortable in terms of motion sickness but the seats closer to the captain apparently have less motion to the,

6  Thank CraigF84
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

A week ago we went on a whale watching trip with Whale Research EcoExcursions, saw a juvenile whale off the coast and learned a LOT about whales. Our captain was hilarious and informative. The Whale Center was very interesting . all in all a very very very good way to go whale watching.

1  Thank marymo362
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Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

We booked our trip in advance and arrived early and enjoyed the museum and the instructional talk before we left for the trip
We saw some whales and our boat captain was extremely knowledgeable about their behaviors and answered all our questions.
It's definitely something we will be doing when the whales head north this spring.

2  Thank Colbysue
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Even though the weather wasn't the best, we were still able to complete our tour and had success seeing the whales. It was much more thrilling to have the personal small boat experience with the knowledgeable Carrie Newell crew. We were a bit disappointed on the actual time on the water. We arrived on time to the museum, but they all arrived 15 minutes or so after we were told to get there. By the time we had the pre tour talk and with boat preparations, we felt shorted on our time on the water. Despite that, we wouldn't have missed it.

2  Thank parkhiker
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