This summer is proving to be a bonanza for whale-watchers.
According to The Pacific Whale Watch Association, tourists and researchers are seeing groups of humpback whales in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound nearly every day.
Humpbacks were nearly wiped out early in the last century because of whaling. But when hunting was banned in the 1960s they started to come back.
Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington, estimates as many as 500 humpbacks now spend the season off Washington and British Columbia.