Blue whales spotted off Washington coast | South County News

WASHINGTON COAST — A whale expert is reporting a rare sighting of blue whales off the Washington coast. The largest animals on the planet have also been sighted in unusual numbers offshore of Oregon this summer.

Biologists John Calambokides and Kiirsten Flynn of the Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia set out from Westport in late July to survey for humpback and gray whales when a very tall spout caught their eye.

“We kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Ummm, that doesn’t look like a gray whale,”’ Calambokides recalled with a chuckle.

Their “blow,” or vaporous exhalation, is good way to tell more at

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