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Baby Grey Whale Spotted in Marina del Rey

The marine animal looked confused, said Lt. Colby Schlaht of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A baby grey whale was spotted cavorting at the main channel entrance to Marina del Rey, but swam away before the coast guard had to start warning nearby vessels.

A boater spotted the whale about 2:30 p.m. and said the marine animal looked confused, said Lt. Colby Schlaht of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Within a few minutes of the sighting, however, the baby whale found its way and left the harbor, Schlaht said.

The sighting was a rare occurrence and would typically warrant a warning message to be sent over the airways to nearby vessels to stay clear, he said.

--City News Service


mimi June 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Glad the juvenile found his/ her way back to the pod. It could have been a buffet for the baby white sharks.
Psychic One June 23, 2014 at 03:32 PM
So glad he found his way out. Getting stuck in the harbor can often times mean the end for our young whales.

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