Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A baby gray whale that has been spotted in Marina del Rey over the past few days appeared to make its way back to the ocean Tuesday, possibly being sighted as far north as Will Rogers Beach north of Santa Monica.

But an animal-rescue organization is still trying to monitor the whale’s movements.

Over the past few days, sightings of the whale were reported within Marina del Rey and in the main channel leading to the ocean.

Peter Wallerstein of Marine Animal Rescue said the whale was likely feeding in the marina, but was exhibiting some strange behavior.

“Three days ago, it ended up on the beach at Dockweiler Beach, beaching itself, but it was gone by the time we got there,” Wallerstein told ABC7.

A baby gray whale was spotted Tuesday by lifeguards at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades. Wallerstein told Channel 7 it was likely the same whale.

“It’s moving in the right direction,” he said. “It’s a positive sign. But the reports were that it hit the jetty, ran up against the jetty, and then it went out and headed toward the beaches and Bel-Air Club, so we’re concerned about those behaviors,” he said.

—City News Service

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