Baby humpback in trouble in Australia

UPDATE: The latest stories say the calf is growing weaker and the only hope may be finding the mom. See The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald.

From Sharon O’Hara:

Sorry…not on topic, but what do you know about the baby whale, apparently separated from its mom and nuzzling up to a anchored boat? Saw it this morning on tv. Thanks!

This is a story worth following, though it might not have a happy ending.

Australian news reporters are describing a baby humpback whale that followed a yacht so closely Monday that folks assumed that the animal has bonded with the boat. Read the Associated Press story for more.

The latest reports out of Sydney say the young animal tried to suckle another boat today. (Sydney is 17 hours ahead of us, so it’s Wednesday there.) Check out the Sydney Morning Herald or The Australian for the latest news.

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