Juvenile gray whale has left Newport Beach Harbor, spotted in the Port of Los Angeles – Orange County Register

NEWPORT BEACH  — A juvenile gray whale last seen in the shallow waters of Newport Harbor’s Back Bay has left the harbor and was spotted leaving the Port of Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 16.

“The whale was seen near Cabrillo Beach late Wednesday,” said Justin Viezbicke, marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Though Redondo Beach Harbor and Marina Del Rey Harbor are next on its path, officials are hopeful it will successfully continue its journey north. Most gray whales have completed their annual 12,000-mile West Coast migration from the lagoons of Baja and are busy feeding in the shallow waters of the Bering Sea.

The whale was spotted by Diane Alps, vice president of the Channel Island Cetacean Research Unit, in the Port of Los Angeles, near Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. The whale was in the harbor side of the breakwater moving toward the harbor entrance, she said.

“I followed her for about 30 minutes, while she swam very close to the shore and rocks, seemingly in the direction of the opening of Angels’ Gate (Cultural Center),” Alps said. “Aside from the obvious emaciation, the whale was moving well, and looked generally OK.”


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