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‘We Speak Whales’ program aims to educate

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

For Spring Whale Watch Week, trained experts are available all along the Oregon coast at the official Whale Watching Spoken Here sites between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., March 23-30. More information is available at the Oregon State Parks & Recreation Whale Watch website, www.whalespoken.org, or by calling The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, at 541-765-3304. (Courtesy photo)

What’s as big as a yellow school bus, weighs as much as 35 VW bugs, eats a ton of amphipods and Mycid shrimp (each one no bigger than an M&M) every day, and swims 12,000 miles each year between the Arctic feeding grounds and the good times in the Bay of Cortez?

If the guess is a gray whale, that’s right.

A group of 29 people from local visitor centers and tourist-related businesses in south Lincoln County gathered at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center on March 14 to learn about gray whales from Ian Fawley, interpretive ranger at the Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center and Beverly Beach State Park. The program was the second in a planned series of subject-based “We Speak” trainings designed for people who work at motels, restaurants, and stores frequented by tourists, as well as for volunteers at local visitor centers. The objective of this “We Speak” program is to help front line staff provide more accurate and complete information and answers to frequently asked questions about what to do and see in south Lincoln County.

For the complete article see the 03-20-2013 issue.

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