WILDLIFE rescuers are calling for vigilance after a sick young humpback whale was spotted north of the Hunter.
Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) alerted members on Friday morning that the juvenile, estimated at between six and seven metres long, was spotted at Forster late on Thursday.
"The report on this young whale's condition was that it was is extremely unwell," the group told members.
"This young whale is maybe travelling south, down the NSW coastline."
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.
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