May 29, 2016
FLORENCE, Ore. – An Orca swam into the Siuslaw River in Florence Saturday afternoon.
Florence resident Deborah Heldt Cordone pulled out her camera and recorded the whale jumping in the water from her home.
She later moved closer to get a better look.
Heldt Cordone says the whale swam upstream about to Rhododendron Drive. She says there were two or three fishing boats in the river at the time. Most of them stayed out of the way, but one boat slowly followed the whale as it made its way back to the ocean.
Heldt Cordone says it’s unusual to see whales in the ocean, but a similar incident happened about a year ago when three whales swam all the way to the bridge that crosses the river.