The number of gray whales migrating to feeding grounds off Alaska typically peaks off the Oregon coast during the last week in March, which just happens to coincide with spring break for many schools.

The number of gray whales migrating to feeding grounds off Alaska typically peaks off the Oregon coast during the last week in March, which just happens to coincide with spring break for many schools.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department starts its spring whale watch week Saturday.

More than 200 volunteers will staff 24 sites on the coast each day to help visitors spot whales. The volunteers are on duty from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Popular whale-watching locations on the Southern Oregon coast include Harris Beach State Park and Cape Ferrelo outside Brookings, Battle Rock Wayfinding Point in Port Orford, and Shore Acres State Park and Face Rock Wayside State Scenic Viewpoint in Coos County.

More than 18,000 gray whales are making the journey from breeding grounds in Mexican waters.

— Staff and wire reports