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DFO searches for sick, emaciated whale in Cowichan Bay
FILE - A humpback whale breaks through the water outside of Hartley Bay along the Great Bear Rainforest, B.C. in this file photo from Tuesday, Sept, 17, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is searching for an emaciated humpback whale spotted somewhere in Cowichan Bay.
The DFO says it has received a number of reports on the sick-looking whale and is now trying to track it down for inspection.
An unconfirmed report circulating on Facebook says the whale drifted into the bay on Sunday, and that a diver who inspected it couldn't find a major injury or net entanglement.
The post called for boaters to maintain a respectful 100 metre distance from the whale to either protect it while it heals, or to let it die in peace.