MARINA DEL REY (CBSLA.com) — A Southland wildlife expert voiced concern Tuesday over a baby gray whale that had been spotted in Marina del Rey.
Peter Wallerstein, president of Marine Animal Rescue, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the 15-foot whale was likely born around January in the waters of Baja California before migrating up north to Alaska.READ MORE: FDA Panel Meeting Tuesday To Review Pfizer Vaccine For Kids Ages 5-11
“I told everybody just leave it alone, we’re hoping it will make its way out,” he said. “A lot of these whales will go in harbors and explore and come back out, and they’re fine.”
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The stranding was reported a short time after another report of a baby whale sighting off Will Rogers State Beach earlier Tuesday morning, which very likely could be the same animal, Wallerstein said.
It wasn’t immediately known what condition the whale was in, but Wallerstein said at this point, biologists will simply let the animal get back on track itself.MORE NEWS: 3-Alarm Blaze Rips Through Abandoned Covina School
“If the whale beaches, then we’ll be there, we’ll respond, but if it doesn’t, we’ll just let it be and hope things work out for it,” he said.