Gray whale seen in Puget Sound

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Updated: June 19, 2013, 2:50 PM

 

PURDY — A gray whale has been spotted in Burley Lagoon in the south Puget Sound.

John Calambokidis, a whale expert with Cascadia Research, told KOMO the marine mammal is believed to be the same one that has been in the south Sound for the past several days.

It was seen Tuesday in Budd Inlet near Olympia. On Wednesday it showed up in Burley Lagoon, a small body of water Pierce County. To get back to the Pacific Ocean, the whale would have to swim about 200 miles.

Calambokidis says the gray whale is a small one and does not look to be in good shape.

It's not uncommon for gray whales to divert into Puget Sound during their annual migration up the Pacific coast, but they usually don't make it into the south Sound.