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Gray whale remains in San Diego Bay

March 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Federal Marine Authorities hope a gray whale in San Diego Bay will find his own way back into the ocean. The 30-foot whale was first spotted Tuesday. A marine biologist suspects the whale probably came into the bay looking for something to eat.

Authorities say it is approximately a year old and hasn't been on its own very long.

Officials say herding can stress and weaken the animals ability to migrate, so they plan to leave it alone for now. Pacific gray whales are on their northbound migration back to Arctic home waters. For now, federal guidelines suggest boaters keep at least 100 yards away from the whale and aircraft get no lower than 1,000 feet.


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