Nature & Environment
White whale Migaloo spotted near Queensland
By T.K. Randall
July 27, 2016 · 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
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