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Humpback Whale Stuck in Ventura Harbor Swam Back to Ocean, Authorities Say

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Biologists are using whale calls to try to lure a humpback out of Ventura Harbor on May 20, 2017. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

A humpback whale that became stuck in Ventura Harbor this weekend found its way back to the ocean, authorities said Sunday.

Crews with the Ventura Harbor Patrol searched by water and land Sunday morning and found no sign of the 35-foot-long whale, said harbor master John Higgins.

The incident marks the first time a whale has lost its way and ended up in the harbor, he said.

“We are excited and relieved it was able to find its way out,” Higgins said.

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