Frolicking whale delights onlookers at California pier

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- A young Pacific gray whale has been delighting visitors to the Redondo Beach pier in California this week, frolicking and splashing in the water close to the shoreline.

The whale swam to shallow water near the beach on Wednesday, popping its head out of the water, splashing around and scratching itself on the sand below as beachgoers gathered to watch and take pictures.

Every year, Pacific gray whales migrate between their feeding waters in Alaska and mating waters in Baja California. A sealife expert told the Daily Breeze that the yearling whale was probably making its first return north independent of its mother.

The whale has been spotted in the area several times this week.

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