Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor

Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor

Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor

The sight of the 35-foot-long whale swimming in circles between docks in the Ventura Isle Marina on Saturday afternoon drew spectators and television cameras.

A wildlife expert said the approximately 40-foot-long whale appeared to be a healthy juvenile.

Habour master John Higgins told International Business Times that the whale had suffered "superficial injuries" in its collisions with boats.

"We are excited and relieved it was able to find its way out", Higgins said.

The whale was spotted this morning after being seen swimming back and forth in Ventura Harbour.

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Rescuers initially used a hydrophone to play recorded whale sounds in a bid to guide the whale back to the ocean.

Authorities may have helped it on its way by playing a continuous loop of humpback whale feeding sounds overnight near the harbor's entrance-exit point.

The Coast Guard, the National Parks Service and local authorities are involved in the rescue effort.

Among the first to spot the whale were people who live on boats in the marina, some of whom said they watched as it swam under their homes.

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