Young gray whale entertains Southern California crowd

Crowds struggled to get a glimpse of a juvenile gray whale that was hanging out in a Carlsbad lagoon yesterday. 

More than 300 people flocked to the Carlsbad shoreline on Monday as the California gray whale swam back and forth under a road bridge that crosses the entrance to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. 

Scientists with SeaWorld told the San Diego Union Tribune that they estimated the gray whale to be about 15 feet long, and around 2,000 pounds. The whale was likely taking a break while on its annual journey between northern and Baja California. 

Carlsbad police were called in for crowd control and keep traffic moving through the area while the whale was swimming around. 

The whale eventually returned to the sea around 4 p.m.


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