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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Yaquina Head Natural Area

Natural Resources

Seals or Sea Lions

Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal

Harbor seals haul out on the offshore rocks at the tip of the headland and on the rocks inside Quarry Cove. Adults can be seen year-round. The pupping season occurs at Yaquina Head during April and May.

Gray whales, killer whales, and sea lions occasionally can be seen from the headland.

To look for seals stand on the Cobble Beach observation deck and look out towards the low flat rocky island and study it carefully. Seals can also be seen in Quarry Cove. If seals are present in Quarry Cove, either in the water or hauled out on the rocks, entrance into the lower cove (beyond the signs) is prohibited. more>>

Gray Whales

Grey Whale Mural in the Visitor Center
Grey Whale Mural in the Visitor Center

Which way are they migrating? If you visit between December and February, they are going south to the calving and breeding grounds in Baja. If you are visiting during March through May they are headed north to their feeding grounds in the Bering Sea.

What about summer (seasonal) whales? Approximately 150 whales spend their time feeding along the Oregon coast during the summer. They are usually medium size whales or cows with calves. Gray whales can grow between 40 to 45 feet long. more>>

Tide Pooling

Visitors at Yaquina Head Tide pools.
Visitors at Yaquina Head Tide pools.

If you plan to go down to the beach, please remember Yaquina Head is a PROTECTED natural area. Please tread lightly and take only pictures.

If the tide is low and you plan to do some tide pooling, we offer some suggestions to make it a safe and worthwhile experience. more>>

Birds

Scoter

Scoter

Birds are one of the most abundant, easily watched forms of wildlife at the Yaquina Headland. The availability and diversity of habitat at Yaquina attracts different bird species all year-round. more>>