By Kristina Pritchett
Dana Point Harbor Patrol worked to pull a 45-foot dead whale, named Wally, out to sea, just two days after Newport Beach lifeguards spent two days towing the whale to sea.
On Wednesday, the whale was spotted near Dana Point when the Ocean Adventure Whale Watching boat alerted authorities about seeing the whale two miles off the shore.
Donna Kalez, owner of Dana Wharf Sport fishing and whale watching said Ocean Adventure Captain Frank Brennan came upon Wally and immediately called Harbor Patrol around 12:01 p.m. Wednesday.
Kalez added that no sharks were spotted, but the whale is badly decomposed.
Wally the whale first washed up at Los Angeles’ Dockweiler State Beach before the Fourth of July weekend, and the carcass was towed out to sea. A week later, the carcass had to be towed back out to sea when it came within a half-mile from shore in San Pedro.
Over the weekend, Wally made an appearance near Newport Beach, coming close to the shore in West Newport. On Monday, the whale had to be towed again after strong south winds brought it in close to shore.
Autopsy reports stated Wally was a female, found out after its death, and was 46-feet long and probably died with 24 hours of arriving on Dockweiler State Beach.
Wally has been featured in YouTube videos, including one that went viral with 1 million page views showing a rainbow in her spout as she swam along Crystal Cove.