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Injured baby whale treated, taken back to sea

Monday, December 13, 2010

An injured baby whale was treated and taken back to the sea on Monday after getting stranded on rocks north of San Diego.

The whale, which is 15 to 18 feet long and weighing about 3,000 pounds, was rescued by SeaWorld crews from rocks at Torrey Pines State Beach near La Jolla Underwater Park on Sunday, a spokesman for SeaWorld San Diego said.

The rescue team treated the whale with antibiotics before turning it loose.

"It swam away freely on its own, another good sign," said David Koontz, director of communications for SeaWorld.

"We are hoping it stays at sea," Koontz said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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