VENTURA (AP) — A humpback whale that made a big splash with boaters after wandering into a Southern California harbor is on the move again, having found its way back to the open ocean.
Ventura Harbormaster John Higgins said the whale swam away before dawn Sunday.
Authorities may have provided it some guidance, playing a continuous loop of humpback whale feeding sounds near the harbor’s entrance-exit point.
The 40-foot-long creature arrived in the harbor Saturday after apparently making a wrong turn.
It wowed onlookers on boats and the shore as it swam back and forth, occasionally surfacing.
Higgins says whale experts have identified it as a healthy juvenile.
Ventura Port District Harbor Patrol reports that the whale is no longer in the Ventura harbor channels and has made it out to the ocean. 🐳🌊 pic.twitter.com/ELHregvmH6
— Ventura Harbor (@VenturaHarbor) May 21, 2017