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  Afternoon swim for dolphins, whale in Calif.

Putin goes macho, tags whale on expedition

  Video allegedly shows Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin firing darts at a gray whale to help scientists track the animal. TODAYshow.com's Dara Brown reports.

Wayward whale rescued from net

  After being freed from nearly 100 pounds of fishing net, a wayward gray whale returns to the waters off Dana Point, Calif. KNBC-TV's Cary Berglund reports.

Whale freed from fishing line

  Rescuers freed a 35-foot gray whale seen swimming off the coast of Orange County, California from what marine experts said was fishing line wrapped around its tail. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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  Whale had belly full of garbage

Biologists who examined a gray whale that died after stranding on a West Seattle, Wash., beach say it had a large amount of garbage in its stomach. KING-TV's Elisa Hahn reports.

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Putin fires darts with a crossbow at an endangered grey whale from a motorboat in Olga Bay
Putin fires darts with a crossbow at an endangered grey whale from a motorboat in Olga Bay

REFILE - CAPTION ADDITIONRussia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fires darts with a crossbow at an endangered grey whale from a motorboat in Olga Bay in the Sea of Japan, August 25, 2010. Putin hit the whale with the darts designed to take skin samples while participating in a whale research study