Whales are beautiful and mysterious creatures, but us humans prefer for them to stay out to sea. If the mammoth animals wander to the shoreline, they may die without animal rescue
A nail-biting situation took place this week when a gray whale was found swimming in Dana Point Harbor in Orange County, California. The mammal was 30 to 40 feet long and weighed about 30 tons, according to the Los Angeles Times
Harbor Patrol attempted to scare the animal away, but it hardly budged.
"The intent was to annoy him enough to get him to move away from the sound, but he was not annoyable," Tim Sullivan, a marine biologist at the Ocean Institute, told the news source. "He just moved up and down the harbor very slowly."
After a full day in the harbor, the creature finally found its way out.
"We don't expect to see northbound gray whales after the end of April," Sullivan said. "This is a little late. This is a straggler."
Experts estimate that over 2,000 whales beach themselves every year.