Baby gray whale spotted in lagoon near Carlsbad State Beach, swims back out to sea

CARLSBAD (KUSI) — A curious baby gray whale was spotted in the lagoon near Carlsbad State Beach Monday, making a roughly two-hour appearance before swimming back out to sea. 

The 15-foot whale, believed to be a juvenile gray whale, was spotted by the inlet of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, just south of Tamarack Avenue, at about 2:15 p.m., according to the city.

Carlsbad fire officials responded to the scene, and police urged the public to avoid the area, but the whale was still drawing a crowd of spectators. 

Battalion Chief Chris Lawrence said that it is illegal for people to try to swim close to the animal. There are federal state laws to protect the animals and people need to abide by the rules. 

A whale expert from SeaWorld was sent to the scene to assist authorities and reported that the whale appears to be in good health, according to spokesman David Koontz.

Koontz said once the tide rose, the whale would probably swim back out to open waters. After about two hours, it did just that, with the city proclaiming on its Twitter page the whale was heading back to sea.

"Safe travels little guy!” the city posted.

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