Willy Free?

By Eric S. Page
|  Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009  |  Updated 10:12 AM PDT
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Wayward Whale Spotted in Bay

Has the young gray whale that became a familiar sight in San Diego Bay moved on?

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Wayward Whale Spotted in Bay

What appears to be a juvenile whale was spotted about 100 yards off Shelter Island on Tuesday.
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Has the young gray whale that became a familiar sight in San Diego Bay moved on for more fertile waters?

The marine mammal was last seen on Saturday off Ballast Point, close to the open ocean on Point Loma near near the Navy facility, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The 30-foot juvenile whale was first spotted on March 10. Initially, the San Diego Harbor Patrol tried to herd the whale out to sea, but  marine biologists believe it’s not healthy to herd whales because it stresses them out. So the whale, which some called Diego, settled in, and the crowds came to see what rapidly became a bay tourist attraction.

Tens of thousands of gray whales pass by San Diego on their way between Alaska and Baja California during their annual migration

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