Baby Whale to Yacht: Are You My Mother?

Lost humpback calf nuzzles boat, must be lured out to sea
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2008 3:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – A disoriented baby humpback whale in the waters off New South Wales, Australia, apparently decided a yacht was its mother, the Daily Telegraph reports. Government naturalists lured the calf, which was nuzzling the boat and trying to nurse, out to sea by towing the yacht. "It's a very sad situation," said a National Parks and Wildlife spokesman.

"If there's a slender chance its mother is still out there, then it may hear it further out to sea," the spokesman said of the 1- or 2-month-old whale. "It's the best we can do under the circumstances."