Baby Humpback Whale Seeks Its Mommy

By Meera Dolasia on August 20, 2008

A two or three month old humpback calf has been spotted near the waters off the coast of Sydney, Australia, nuzzling up to a moored boat. Scientists believe that the poor baby believes the boat to be its lost mother.

The situation is very unusual and very concerning for scientists. Humpback whale mothers normally spend a year bonding and nursing their calves.

In this case scientists believe this calf's mother has for some reason abandoned it. The poor baby has no way to fend for itself and is now looking to the boat for food. Meanwhile, Marine experts are watching the whole situation helplessly.

Their only hope is that a whale passing by, will adopt and nurse this little calf. With the annual humpback whale migration currently going on, there is a small possibility that this could happen. However, for that, the baby whale needs to be out in the sea.

While scientists managed to coax the little whale out to sea on Monday, by towing the boat, it promptly returned the next day. Without its mother's milk, scientists believe that the baby will only survive for two to three days, but there is not much they can do to save it. Hopefully, the baby will realize that the boat is not a whale and swim out to the sea to look for a real 'mom'.

Sources:Stuff.com.NZ, Telegraph.co.uk

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  • spacewolf34
    spacewolf34Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 8:16 am
    oh that's so sad :'(
    • angie_sofia
      angie_sofiaTuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm
      The baby whale should be looking for its mommy. I don't want the baby whale to die in three or two days.
      • angie_sofia
        angie_sofiaTuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm
        I hope the baby whale find the mommy
        • angie_sofia
          angie_sofiaTuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm
          This is really super sad. What mom would leave their baby when it will die without the mommy milk in less then 3 or 2 days the poor cute little baby will die. WHY? VERY SAD
          • angie_sofia
            angie_sofiaTuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm
            Awwwwww. A baby whale. But this is very sad :(:(:(:(:(:(
            • dragonwolf
              dragonwolfWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9:31 am
              Very sad
              • TatThursday, November 27, 2014 at 11:46 am
                Brave whale
                • bibliophile
                  bibliophileTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:14 pm
                  Awwww...
                  • animegirly
                    animegirlyTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm
                    Be brave baby whale
                    • tomboy201
                      tomboy201Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm
                      I hope your ok whale

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