Whale watching kicks off: 'It's awesome'

Whale watching kicks off:  'It's awesome'

FLORENCE, Ore. --  Along the Oregon Coast, whales are on the move;  around 18,000 grey whales are expected to travel along the coast line, each heading toward Alaska for feeding.

"There is so much about them we don't know yet," said Cheryl Haskell, a member of the American Cetacean Society and volunteer for Whale Watching Spoken Here, "That's part of the intrigue."

Countless numbers of people staked out the coast, all of them hoping to catch a glimpse of the massive mammals, some the size of school buses. 

"It's awesome," Haskell said. "They are so huge.  Everyone that I have seen who sees their first whale is excited."

However, less-than-favorable weather conditions made it tough on the first day of whale watching season, resulting in only a handful of sightings at the Sea Lion Caves turnout on Saturday.

While the season may have had a rough start, Haskell said the best opportunity to catch a whale along the Oregon Coast will be between now and the beginning of May.  She also said there are often some that stick around during the summer.