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A baby gray whale washes up near #TheWedge in Newport Beach, swims back out to safety Friday afternoon – Holly Griffith, an avid ocean and marine mammal enthusiast, had just plunked down on the sand to watch body boarders take on massive waves at the popular #NewportBeach surf spot, when she and others saw something gray and ‘blobby’ in the water. “We looked out there and saw what we think was a baby gray whale,” Griffith said. “All of a sudden everyone looked away from the bodyboarders and watch it. The waves just kept pushing him up toward the sand. I was like, ‘How are we going to get it back?’” By the time Newport Beach Marine Safely Battalion Chief Brent Jacobsen was in route responding to the whale, it had already made its way back into the ocean. "It was a five-minute event," he said. "Luckily, it resolved itself. For the full story and a video of the whale washing ashore, go to ocregister.com. #OCRegister photo courtesy of Holly Griffith
[Cover Photo: Holly Griffith]
It’s not uncommon to see bodyboarders get beached at “The Wedge” but a baby whale? Now that you don’t see that everyday.
According to the OC Register, that’s exactly what happened after a juvenile gray whale washed up near the shoreline on Friday at the popular SoCal surf spot. Spectator Holly Griffith was sitting watching body boarders ride the break until she realized the peanut gallery’s focus had shifted. “All of a sudden everyone looked away from the body boarders and watched it.” Griffith told the OC Register. “The waves just kept pushing him up toward the sand.”
Joe Medina, who regularly body boards the break, told the OC Register that he caught the wave prior to the whale. After getting up, he noticed something floating in the foam. “At first I thought it was a dead body, ’cause it was floating in the surf and it looked black like a wet suit” but after seeing the fin, he realized it was a grey whale. “If I had taken the wave after the one I caught, I could have been taken out by that whale.”
After flopping around in the shallow surf, the baby whale made its way back towards the deep ocean.
Find the entire OC Register article here: Baby whale washes up near the Wedge in Newport Beach, swims back out