Albino Humpback spotted off Queensland
June 2011. Migaloo -A Humpback whale that is bigger than a truck and iridescent white – has returned to Queensland’s waters. He has joined a record number of Humpbacks making their annual migration to the warm Reef water from Antarctica.
“He’s probably avoided all of the coastal areas of New South Wales because of the rain,” he said. “He doesn’t like freshwater run-off – most whales don’t.”
There are estimates that at least 13,500 whales will head north this year, with the first Humpbacks of the season seen by dive boats off Cairns late May.
First seen in 1991
Greg Kaufman, from the Pacific Whale Foundation, was amongst the group that first spotted Migaloo off the coast of Byron Bay in 1991 and took a photo of the famed Humpback. Aboriginal elders named him Migaloo – meaning “White Fella’.
The big fella was first seen off Snapper Island by a fishing boat and word quickly spread.
From the White Whale Research Centre in Australia:
This website is about raising awareness on humpback whales in particular Migaloo & Bahloo the two white whales. Migaloo was once thought to be an Albino Whale but for the moment he is known as a “hypo-pigmented” humpback. Little is known about Bahloo except recent photos that show he or she has small black spots on the tail which confirms it is not Migaloo.
The White Whale Research Centre can now officially confirm there are two White Whales that cruise along the east coast of Australia each year. Migaloo is cruising up the Queensland coast and has just past Fraser Island heading north towards Cairns and beyond. Read (Sightings Log) for details.
PLEASE NOTE: Because Migaloo & Bahloo are such unique whales they have special Queensland & Commonwealth Government legislation that is enacted each year to protect them from harassment. For this reason all vessels including Jet-skis are prohibited from approaching Migaloo & Bahloo no closer than 500m and Aircraft no lower then 2000 feet. The Fine for breaching this law is $16,500.00.
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