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Splashed on porpoise: Baby whale and beachgoers get along swimmingly

It's common to splash out on a seaside trip, but these lucky swimmers coasted into an up close and personal encounter with a baby whale harbouring friendly intentions in Southern California.

The 15-18ft grey whale cruised into Dana Point Harbour on Tuesday morning, swimming into a shallow children's area appropriately called Baby Beach and circled a pier.

Kayakers were able to get within a few feet of the mammal, which at one point swam under paddleboarders.

Captain Dave Anderson, who runs whale watching tours out of the harbour, said the whale appeared to be a skinny juvenile which was foraging in the mud - and probably the same one that was spotted on Monday further south in a Carlsbad lagoon.

The whale eventually left the harbour.

Capt Anderson said it may be moving up the coast and could find its way to Oregon.

AP

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