A 25-foot, 25-ton gray whale is delighting tourists and residents alike as he pays an extended visit to San Francisco Bay.
The teen-age leviathan was first seen frolicking in the waters off Pier 7 about three weeks ago, flipping his tail and spouting water. Marine experts say the young whale, most likely a teen-ager, does not appear to be ill, injured or in any danger.
Perhaps the most famous wayward whale was Humphrey, a humpback who captured the nation's attention in 1985 when he swam into the bay and up the Sacramento River. Hundreds of people were involved in the ultimately successful effort to turn him around and chase him back to the open sea.