Early last week, Diego the 30-foot Gray Whale decided to explore San Diego Bay, cruising past North Island and down to the Coronado Bridge.
Marine biologists think that Diego is a juvenile whale on his first migration between Baja California and Alaska, Being an impetuous youth, Diego may have been one of the first whales to leave Baja and on his first solo migration is just trying to figure out how to make his way.
Being youthful, he may have been curious about the bay or maybe he wanted a break from his long journey. Eventually, it is believed that he will find his way back out into the open waters when he gets hungry.
In the meantime, dozens of tourists and locals have gathered along both shores of the bay hoping to catch a glimpse of Diego. Some have been rewarded with the sight of an occasional spout of water and a glimpse of gray breaking the surface of the water.
Just today, around 8:00 am, Diego made an appearance beneath the Coronado Bridge. If you are lucky enough to see Diego, please share your photos of him.
Most importantly though, be respectful of this beautiful creature that has chosen to spend a little time with us.