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Wayward Whale Dies in Dana Point Harbor

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The whale, who appeared in Dana Point on Monday looking "listless and lethargic" and left for sea on Wednesday after 150 pounds of commercial fishing nets and ropes were disentangled from her body, returned Thursday and died today, CBS2 is reporting.

Nicknamed Lily -- as in "Free Lily!" -- the grey whale was thought to be left behind as its pod migrated from Mexico to Alaska. Some believed she was a juvenile while others thought she was around 25 years old (grey whales can live for about 60 years). "It's got the worst curvature I've ever seen," Mike Bursk, a marine biologist with the Ocean Institute, told the Orange County Register. "It may be destined to die young."

Previously
- Grey Whale in Dana Point Returns to Sea
- Video: Killer Whales Spotted between Palos Verdes Peninsula & Catalina Island