National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wally the whale was actually a girl

Wally the whale was actually a girl

Marine wildlife experts say they have yet to discover what killed Wally — the 22-ton humpback whale who washed ashore in Los Angeles last week — but they say one thing is for certain.

Wally was really a girl.

As the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to investigate the humpback’s death, as well as that of a second whale that washed ashore near Port Hueneme on Monday, NOAA officials set the record straight on Wally’s gender.

What had initially appeared to be an enlarged male sexual organ that was plainly visible to scores...