John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Local reporters are speculating the beast may be sick or hurt.
A news chopper flying over Tacoma, Washington, this morning spotted what looks like a gray whale, passing through a narrow and boat-cluttered urban channel called the Thea Foss Waterway.
KIRO 7 reporter Michelle Millman wondered what the gentle leviathan was doing there, positing a possible link to poor health:
This map shows how skinny the Foss Waterway is:
And here's a clear shot of the channel, which is dense with boats: