WILDLIFE rescuers are calling for vigilance after a sick young humpback whale was spotted near the Forster breakwall.
Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) alerted members early this morning, Friday, January 10 that the juvenile, estimated at between six and seven metres long, was spotted at late on Thursday.
Posting a message on its Facebook page, the group told members: "The report on this young whale's condition was that it was is extremely unwell.
"This young whale is maybe travelling south, down the NSW coastline."
However, there had been no official sighting of the whale since it was reported yesterday.
ORRCA second vice-president, Jools Farrell said the youngster appeared to be on the thin side and there was evidence of discolouration on its skin.
"But, we do not know what is wrong with it," she said.
"We are only going by the photographs.
"It is all a bit of a mystery."
While Ms Farrell said the whale was old enough to be on its own, it was unusual to see a humpback at this time of year.
"We do get the occasional brydes or minke whales."
We do not know what is wrong with it; it is all a bit of a mystery.Jools Farrell
ORRCA volunteers are accredited to rescue whales, dolphins and other creatures that come into distress.
The whale is expected to stick close to shore in coming days.
Anyone who spots the creature is urged to call the ORRCA Rescue Hotline on 9415 3333 as soon as possible.
They are asked to provide a GPS location and any photos or videos of the whale.
At the same time Ms Farrell reminded members of the public to stay well clear of the mammal and urged boaties not to speed up to the whale.
"We do not want to frighten it."
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