Gray whale dies after week off SoCal

May 14, 2010 5:44:48 PM PDT
A young gray whale that captured public concern as it swam listlessly around Southern California's Dana Point Harbor after rescuers freed it of nets and rope has died. Federal biologist Joe Cordaro says the whale, nicknamed Lily, died about 4 p.m. Friday off Orange County's Doheny State Beach.

The whale showed up Monday at Dana Point. Experts found it was entangled in rope and netting.

The entanglements were removed, but the whale never rejoined the California gray migration north to Alaska.

Cordaro says the whale's emaciated condition indicates it hadn't been feeding and he hopes to have the carcass examined to determine the cause of death.