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When ‘Migaloo’ arrived in Queensland

World-famous white humpback whale Migaloo Photo by @shotsbysez

Theme: Tourism

World-famous white humpback whale Migaloo graced the coast of Queensland in June. And impressed all of his admirers.

Migaloo, meaning ‘white-fella’, travelled 5,000 km  from Antarctica to enjoy the warmer waters of Queensland and was last spotted in Redcliffe, near Brisbane.     Photo by @spiritofgoldocast

He is truly one-of-a-kind and is the first white humpback whale ever recorded. Not to mention, he’s very easy on the eyes.

Basic Facts

Migaloo is an adult white male humpback whale, estimated to be 32 years old (born in 1986).With brown eyes and a white pigmented exterior, Migaloo isn’t hard to spot in a pod of humpback whales.Being so unique, Migaloo gets extra protection under Queensland and Commonwealth Government legislation. No vessel is allowed to get within 500 metres of him.

Photo by @seaworldwhalewatch

Migaloo was the first white whale sighted in 1991 when he passed through Byron Bay. Today, there are 3-4 other known white humpback whales. Migaloo’s crew include Bahloo, Willow and Migaloo Jnr.

Believe it or not, ‘Migaloo’ actually means ‘white fella’ in some Aboriginal languages.

In 2015, scientists explained that Migaloo may start to swim further offshore as he matures. So, it’s likely that we’ll see less and less of him over the years.

Want a chance to spot Migaloo or his crew of white whales? Here are all the places you can see whales in Queensland.

Not sure which whale watching boat is for you? Here’s a list of a few that might be right for you.

Want to know more about whales? Check out these fun facts, learn how to speak whale or brush up on your whale trivia knowledge.

By Kantesha Takai




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