Quileute Nation holds annual Welcoming the Whales ceremony

The Quileute Nation of Washington held its 7th annual Welcoming the Whales ceremony this morning.

The tribe welcomes gray whales as they travel from Baja California, Mexico, to Alaska. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 pass through tribal waters every spring.

The tribe once hunted whales but stopped after worldwide hunting reduced their numbers.

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Quileute to welcome returning gray whales with morning ceremony today at First Beach (The Peninsula Daily News 4/11)