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Originally published Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM

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More humpback whales visit Washington state waters

Whale watchers say humpback whale sightings in Washington state's inland waters have been increasing.

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SEATTLE —

Whale watchers say humpback whale sightings in Washington state's inland waters have been increasing.

Cascadia Research Collective's baleen whale researcher John Calambokidis says the increased sightings are consistent with the population rebound the whales have seen off the country's West Coast. He says the number of humpback whales off the U.S. West Coast has grown about 7 percent every year to about 2,000 whales.

Hundreds of those swim off Washington waters, mainly concentrating at the entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But some wander farther in.

Over the spring, whale watchers in the Puget Sound were spotting humpbacks at an almost daily basis.

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