It’s whale watching season, and our favourite (and only) white whale, Migaloo has been spotted off the east-coast of Queensland! But who is Migaloo? and how do you see him? Why is he so rare? We’ve got your answers! WHO IS MIGALOO? Facts:
Our iconic white whale has started his migration north along the east coast of Queensland, and you’re invited to join him!
- Migaloo is an adult white male humpback whale
- Estimated to be about 32 years old (born in 1986)
- Migaloo definitely stands out from the crowd with white pigmented exterior and brown eyes.
- White humpback whales are pretty unique. Extra protection is given to white whales under Queensland and Commonwealth Government legislation.
- No vessel can be within 500 metres of Migaloo.
- Migaloo’s name means ‘white fella’ in some Aboriginal languages
- Migaloo was the first white whale sighted in 1991 when he passed through Byron Bay.
- There are only about 3-4 other white humpback whales that we know about, including: Bahloo, Willow and Migaloo-Jnr.