Grey whale visits the Ballard Locks

When a grey whale decides to visit a popular tourist spot on a sunny day, you can expect there are plenty of photos and videos to document the event.

Unfortunately, the whale appears to be mature, thin and struggling to survive, said Michael Milstein with NOAA Fisheries. Milstein told Q13 that the whale has been in the area for the last couple weeks, and there’s little NOAA can do to help.

Meh.

A video posted by @rubbertoeseattle on

In the meantime, volunteers with SnoKing Marine Mammal Response have been visiting the Locks to check on the whale and share information with onlookers.

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