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Photos: A Baby Whale Has Been Stranded In Marina Del Rey For Days

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A baby gray whale separated from its mother has been spotted in Marina del Rey for a few days, concerning local wildlife experts.The 15-foot, newborn gray whale has been seen in the marina for the last three days without its mother. Peter Wallerstein, president of the Marine Animal Rescue, told LAist that the calf was born sometime around January, and should normally be with its mother as they head north on their migration. While the whale is likely distressed and hungry, Wallerstein says for now his group will monitor the situation and only intervene if it beaches itself. So far this year, his group has rescued 453 animals.

"We're all pretty worried," said Wallerstein. He said his group later received reports of a whale off Will Rogers State Beach, and he thinks it may be the same whale.

LAist reader Patricia Rutherford sent in these photos of the whale she took around 10 a.m. on Monday morning. She says she heard there may have been another whale, but did not see one during the hour she was there.

Last September, another young gray whale separated from its mother was also spotted in the marina.