Whale stranded on Washington coast beach freed

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Officials say a juvenile gray whale has been freed after being stranded on a remote beach in Washington state.
 
NOAA Fisheries said Saturday that workers freed the 24-foot (7.3-meter) whale during high tide Friday by digging a trench and using a shore-anchored pulley system that was attached to a harness placed on the animal.
 
 
Officials say the system turned the whale seaward in Olympic National Park and after some uncertain moments, it started swimming.
 
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Experts say the whale that was likely stranded Tuesday remained alert and tried to free itself several times during previous high tides.
 
They say the whale is 1 to 2 years old and in fair condition.
 
Several gray whales have been seen feeding in the vicinity of the site.
 
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