Shipwreck Point is a great place to spot gray whales, and occasional passing orcas.
Local citizens and visitors to this coastline enjoy watching marine mammals all year long. Access the beach from the path near the Whale Tail sign. Look towards the kelp beds, and out across the Strait. If the water is calm, you might hear whales before you see them.
Keep an eye out for sea otters, too, especially in the kelp beds just offshore.
- Once extinct in Washington, a small population of sea otters was reintroduced to nearby La Push in 1969.
- Their numbers have rebounded to over 1,000, and their territories have expanded up the Strait.
Look for one or dozens of the big otters floating on their backs near the kelp.