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Beached whale rescued by SeaWorld in La Jolla, in critical condition

Posted July 31

— A weeks-old whale beached itself in La Jolla Friday before officials from SeaWorld San Diego swept in to transport the mammal to their facility.

The Pygmy whale calf beached itself at La Jolla Shores near Scripps Pier Friday afternoon. Bystanders were photographed helping to cover the whale in wet towels and pour water on it. The whale could be seen in photos with scratches on its face.

Officials with SeaWorld San Diego soon arrived after the report and picked it up for transport to their facility.

Saturday, SeaWorld said the whale is in critical condition in a rehabilitation pool. Veterinarians are still evaluating a course of care as they continue to stabilize the female whale, SeaWorld said.

In a statement, SeaWorld said:

"This is a very critical period for the calf and at this time it is impossible to determine her long-term prognosis. SeaWorld is coordinating its efforts with National Marine Fisheries Service."

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