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Search for whale rescued off Torrey Pines State Beach unsuccessful

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A search for a young sperm whale that beached itself at Torrey Pines 10 days ago ended without success, a wildlife biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service said Wednesday.

The whale was spotted off San Clemente on Monday night, but a search the following day in kelp beds three-quarters of a mile offshore was fruitless, said Joe Cordaro of the NMFS.

There was no search Wednesday because of inclement weather, and no reported sightings.

"We don't know at this point whether it's alive or where it might be," Cordaro said this afternoon.

However, whales like to hide out in kelp beds, he noted.

The beaching at Torrey Pines was considered unusual, because those types of whales prefer deeper waters and generally stick to northern California, Oregon and Washington state.

SeaWorld San Diego gathered a team of about 20 people to return the whale to sea so it could join its mother, but it was spotted alone a few days later off San Onofre and again on Monday near San Clemente.

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