Gray whales en route from Alaska to Mexico, by way of Oregon

Whale spotted from the Whale Watch Center at Depoe Bay, Oregon.

COOS BAY, Ore. - Winter whale watching week is here, inviting people out to the Oregon Coast to try for a glimpse of gray whales passing by.

The state-run event hosts 24 sites along the coast for visitors to see and learn about migrating whales.

If you go, you'll have a chance to glimpse some of the estimated 20,000 gray whales traveling south from Alaska to their final destination off the coast of Baja, Mexico.

Volunteers with the "Whale Watching Spoken Here" program are helping whale watchers spot the spouts at Shore Acres State Park.

"We want to raise awareness of the whales and have people come out to our parks," said park ranger Garrett Albiston. "Hopefully they'll come away with a better understanding, an appreciation of whales and the natural world around them."

The volunteers will be out at Shores Acres from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sunday, December 31.

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