White Whale Spotted off Central Queensland Coast is Unlikely to be Migaloo
According to experts, a white whale spotted off the central Queensland coast is unlikely to be the famous humpback Migaloo. Considering previous years, it is still too early for the 14m-long albino male to pass through. He usually makes the migration to north later in the year.
Sea World curator of mammals Mitchell Leroy said that a pattern is usually followed by whales. Migaloo has not been spotted previously early in migration on the Gold Coast or in Moreton Bay.
Mr. Leroy added that they do not appear before July. He has a few fans because of its uniqueness.
Another white whale has been spotted further south, off New South Wales south coast. Migaloo was named after the Aboriginal name for white fella. June to November is the whale watching season. During this season, companies run charters in Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast.
"All of these years of migrating when humans have been watching whales have all been grey humpbacks. All of a sudden there is a white one", Mr. Leroy said.
Migaloo was seen for the first time in 1991 off Byron Bay. Migaloo was assumed to be unique for years. However, it now has a younger companion with similar pigment.
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