UPDATE: WILDLIFE officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are continuing to monitor an injured 6.5 metre humpback on the Sunshine Coast.

The whale was last reported seen in the Mooloolaba Bay and was moving towards the mouth of river. Conditions were difficult for the whale, with north easterly winds.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has asked that people stay away from the humpback whale which in poor health and showing signs of stress on approach. 

"People need to stay away from the whale and remain outside of the 100 metre exclusion zone," A EHP spokesman said.

"Not only is it a safety risk to anyone who approaches the whale, it may impact on the whale's movements."

The department was liaising closely with officers from Seaworld who are providing veterinary advice.

Members of the public should report whale strandings to the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.

Information about approach limits and behaviour around whales is available from www.ehp.qld.gov.au
 

EARLIER: A SICK and injured humpback whale floating off the Sunshine Coast has been spotted off both Mooloolabah and Alexandra Headland beaches this morning.

Alex Head's lifeguard Spencer said the whale was not far from the beach when it first opened this morning but it slowly drifted towards Mooloolaba.

"He wasn't surfacing too much, he just looked like a log," he said.

"A lot of the public were commenting on him that's for sure, they're a bit concerned."

The guards were concerned the whale may try to beach itself as it were floating so close to the shore.

A spokesmwoman for Mooloolaba Surf Club said they also spotted the whale earlier floating close to the beach flagged area.

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YESTERDAY: WILDLIFE officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection say they are closely monitoring a 6.5 metre Humpback whale off the coast of Marcoola.

The whale appears to be in poor health and is moving in and out of the surf zone periodically.

The department is liaising closely with officers from Seaworld who are providing veterinary advice.

Members of the public should report whale strandings to the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.

EARLIER: The sick and injured whale has made its way back south towards Mudjimba Beach from Marcoola where it was spotted by the local surf club this morning.

Many residents have headed down to the beach to watch.

WHALE WATCH: If you have photos or video of the whale email editorial@scnews.com.au.

Marcoola Beach whale rescue
Marcoola Beach whale rescue Marcoola Surf Club

EARLIER: A DEPARTMENT of fisheries spokesman has said a sick whale currently off Marcoola Beach had made the slow journey up the coast line after being found off the Gold Coast last week.

"It's not well," Manager of Sunshine Coast boating and fisheries branch Geoff Krause said.

"I believe Sea World vets inspected it last week and the prognosis isn't good."

Mr Krause said the whale had some shark bites and was generally in a bad way.

"It has made it's way up the coast in the course of time," he said.

It's believed the Department of Enrivonment and Heritage protection are monitoring the whale currently.

EARLIER: A RESCUE operation is underway at Marcoola Beach to help save a sick whale.

It's unclear how long the whale has been off the coast of Marcoola but emergency services were alerted to it this morning.

Peta McLean from Maroola Surf Club posted photos of the whale on their Facebook page this morning.

The club were asked to comment but were unsure of how the whale was doing. 

A whale is being rescued at Marcoola Beach
A whale is being rescued at Marcoola Beach Marcoola Surf Club

 



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