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Whale Still Wandering San Diego Harbor

A gray whale that wandered into San Diego Bay last  week was still cruising the harbor's waters today, seemingly determined to  extend its break from annual migration duties.

The 30-foot cetacean, which was first spotted last Tuesday offshore from  Shelter Island, was swimming just south of the Coronado Bridge shortly after  sunrise this morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The federal maritime agency has been asking boaters to stay at least 100  yards from the mottled-slate-and-white-colored sea mammal.

On Monday, the Coast Guard announced that it was suspending its  monitoring of the leviathan's movements pending any further requests from the  National Marine Fisheries Service.

Wildlife officials hope the whale will soon find its way back into the  ocean to join its fellow grays on their annual migration from the lagoons of  Baja California, where they calf and mate in wintertime, to Alaskan waters,  where they summer.

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