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White whale Migaloo spotted near Queensland

By T.K. Randall
July 27, 2016 · Comment icon 11 comments



Migaloo is one of the world's most famous whales. Image Credit: YouTube / Chris Jones
Migaloo, one of only four known white humpbacks in existence, has surfaced once again near Australia.
First spotted all the way back in 1985, this incredibly rare albino whale has been seen again this week traveling north along the coast of Queensland during his annual migration.

His presence has managed to generate a great deal of media attention in the area, so much so in fact that authorities have had to issue a reminder about the rules previously put in place to prevent helicopters, drones and vessels from venturing too close and spooking him.
"These are special management marine mammals which means boats and prohibited vessels must not approach within 500 metres and aircraft cannot approach within 610 metres without authorisation," said Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles.

"These rules are in place to protect the whales and give them safe passage during their migration along the Queensland coast. It's what every whale watcher dreams of, but it is really important that this animal's space is respected and no undue distress is caused."



Source: Brisbane Times | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Put a hat on that beast ....
Comment icon #3 Posted by Clair 7 years ago
It's so beautiful, but I am so afraid for it, because somewhere out there there's a jerk.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Ealdwita 7 years ago
"Call me Ishmael"    
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Pour that man a drink me mateys ... a frightful old tale he may tell .... ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ealdwita 7 years ago
" 'old 'ard, Jim lad....Oi got me wooden leg stuck in an 'atch cover!"
Comment icon #7 Posted by spud the mackem 7 years ago
They didn't sing songs like that when  I was at sea,more like Maggie May or Cushy Butterfield. (She's a big lass and a bonny lass and she likes 'er beer,and a name was Cushy Butterfield and a wish she was 'ere.)....err I can't repeat the next 9 verses or I'll get banned.
Comment icon #8 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Seeing this and the new species of beaked whale is pretty cool.
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Now if we can just keep them away from Japan and China's territorial waters.
Comment icon #10 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
And Captain Ahab.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Zalmoxis 7 years ago
Awesome! Never saw a white whale before.


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