A lone dolphin is attracting a lot of interest off the New South Wales Central Coast, but enthusiasts are being warned not to get too close.
Whale and dolphin care group, ORCA has been tracking the friendly young female for 12 months and says she appeared in Terrigal Haven on Sunday after making her way from the south coast.
ORCA President, Ronny Ling says she is an incredibly friendly animal but is urging people to resist her advances.
"What we are trying to do is encourage her to go back to the wild dolphins where she belongs," he said.
"Sure observe her, have a look at her, enjoy her but give her that space and don't get too close.
"If you're in the water with with her, you're on her terms and dolphins can be rather boisterous and play hard a lot of the time so in some cases if people get too close they may get injured.
"She is a wild animal, and all wild animals are unpredictable."
ORCA estimates the mammal is about four or five years old and was found on the south coast at St Georges Basin mid last year.
The organisation relocated her to Bennelong for safety reasons before she moved on to Jervis Bay with a small pod of dolphins.
She then turned up in Sydney Harbour before arriving at Terrigal on Sunday.
Mr Ling says she is recognised from the marks on her dorsal fin.
ORCA is warning people not to put their fingers near her mouth, nose or blowhole or try to ride or feed her.
Representatives from ORCA and the National Parks and Wildlife Service will continue to monitor the mammal for her own welfare and public safety.
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