What would cause an abnormal number of whales to suddenly appear in the waters of California? According to a recent report, Spotters have reported a record number of gray, humpback, and massive blue whales in the region, making whale-watching as easy as strolling onto the Golden Gate Bridge.

The blowholed behemoths normally show up off California later in the summer or fall, but this year they’ve been cruising around since May. Their premature arrival is either good or bad news, depending on which theory you believe. Curran White at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy writes the draw might be plentiful food from a developing La Niña: READ MORE