NEWPORT, Ore. -- An average of six to 20 whale sightings are been reported every day along the central Oregon coast, according to officials at the Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay.

The number of sightings is more than normal at this time of year, according to Luke Parsons, whale expert and the head ranger at the Oregon State Parks and Recreation's Whale Watching Spoken Here program.

Parsons said the sightings are mostly gray whales and that the reportings at Depoe Bay are similar to numbers being reported along the rest of the Oregon coast, including Gleneden Beach, Lincoln City, Newport and Yachats.

"We had a very busy and successful spring whale watch week, and it's just really kind of continued on," Parsons said. "We definitely have our summertime resident whales along the central Oregon coast, and we're seeing six to 20 a day, as long as the weather allows."