Roll out the red carpet, Migaloo is here!
That’s right! Our iconic white whale Migaloo will has started his migration north along the east coast of Queensland.
Haven’t heard of Migaloo? Well, we don’t know how to say this, but he’s kind of a big deal.
Here are a few things you should know before you meet him.
THE BASIC FACTS
Migaloo is an adult white male humpback whale, estimated to be 32 years old (born in 1986).
HE’S EASY ON THE EYES
Hot off the press – #Migaloo the all white humpback whale was spotted causing a splash off #GreenIsland in @tropicalnorthqueensland today! A group of very lucky guests on board a @greenislandcairns cruise this afternoon were treated to the rare sight of this magnificent creature casually cruising by. Skippers John and Patt captured this awesome video of Migaloo, who is one of only four reported white whales in the whole world, one of whom is thought to be Migaloo's offspring.
With brown eyes and a white pigmented exterior, Migaloo isn’t hard to spot in a pod of humpback whales.
HE GETS VIP TREATMENT
Being so unique, Migaloo gets extra protection under Queensland and Commonwealth Government legislation. No vessel is allowed to get within 500 metres of him.
BUT, HE ISN’T THE ONLY WHITE WHALE IN EXISTENCE
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.
THE NAME’S LOO, MIGALOO
Believe it or not, ‘Migaloo’ actually means ‘white fella’ in some Aboriginal languages.
THE FAREWELL TOUR?
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.
THIS WILL BE US WHEN WE SEE MIGALOO THIS YEAR