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A humpback whale breaches into view of a state ferry and a tour boat in the San Juan Channel near Friday Harbor, Wash.

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Humpback whales return to Northwest

Fifteen years ago, species was unheard of in sound SEATTLE — The video shows an exceptional wildlife sighting for a big city: A humpback whale surfaces just yards from Seattle’s busy waterfront at twilight. The city’s port cranes, Ferris wheel and car headlights glow in the background, and a ferry cruises by while the giant tail disappears back into the Puget Sound.

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