ANDRE HAGESTEDT, editor of (www.BeachConnection.net), alerted the Ear to the fact that KILLER WHALES have been spotted earlier than usual this April on the mid-Oregon Coast. Yes, whale watching season attracts orcas - they're watching the whales, too.

"The killer whales are what are known as 'transient' whales, meaning officials don't know where they come from," Andre wrote. "They're also more predatory, living off seals and baby gray whales. Catching sight of them has been difficult in recent weeks because of large waves on the Oregon coast, which has made spotting any kind of whale difficult."

The photo above is courtesy of the Whale Watching Center.

Orcas can be seen more easily from any high vantage point. "The headquarters for the Whale Watch Spoken Here program is in Depoe Bay, at the seawall," Andre explained, "and another good spot for seeing them." 

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