Hundreds show up to see whale in Argentine port

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A whale appeared Monday in the marina of one of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive neighborhoods, surfacing alongside luxury yachts while hundreds of onlookers tried to capture the moment with smartphone cameras.

The whale first surfaced in the early afternoon in Puerto Madero, an area of towering office buildings and high-end lofts. In the middle of the area is a body of water the size of a few square blocks where many residents keep boats.

News of the whale spread quickly on social media and media outlets, prompting hundreds to line up along the port to catch a glimpse.

Authorities had not identified the type of whale and how they would get it back to the ocean. A port police boat was seen going up and down the waterway, apparently trying to lure the animal to the connecting Rio de la Plata river, which feeds into the Atlantic.