Migaloo Should Pass Byron Today

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Migaloo, the albino humpback whale.

Migaloo, the albino humpback whale. Photo: Contributed by whalewatchingbyronbay.com.au

IF YOU haven’t had the opportunity to see the beautiful white whale Migaloo up close, now could be your chance.

The famous albino humpback whale is expected to cross our waters this weekend as he heads north on his migration journey.

Migaloo was spotted in waters off Port Macquarie mid-Saturday afternoon and it is only a matter of time before he was swimming off Cape Byron.

“We expected him to be up here on the weekend, either Friday or Saturday but possibly as early as Thursday, depending on how fast he was travelling,” he said.

“Migaloo is a very special whale, he stands out about a mile away.”

 

MAGNIFICENT MAMMALS: Migaloo, the white whale, making his way north during a previous whale migration season.

MAGNIFICENT MAMMALS: Migaloo, the white whale, making his way north during a previous whale migration season. Photo: Alistair Brightman

The Migaloo Facebook page recently reported that Migaloo was seen cruising with a female friend, and their social canoodling took the edge off his usual speed, which typically averages between 5-7.5kmh.

He was instead travelling the relaxed pace of about 4.5kmh.

With fine and sunny weather predicted over the next three days along with offshore winds, whale watching conditions are near perfect.

To make it easier you can also follow Migaloo’s progress at the Migaloo the Whale Twitter page, @Migaloo1.

Migaloo facts:

  •  Migaloo was first photgraphed on June 28, 1991, passing Byron Bay.
  • “Migaloo” is the name the Australian Aboriginal community in Queeensland use to describe a “White Fella”.
  •  Migaloo is an adult male believed to be born in 1986.
  •  Migaloo is suspected to be an albino whale, but without definitive evidence for the moment he is known as a “hypo-pigmented” humpback.

Find out more at http://migaloo.com.au/migaloo/migaloo-facts/


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