Captain snaps Migaloo
WITH a cheeky flick of his tail, Migaloo the elusive white whale has once again got Fraser Coast residents in a flap.
The world famous albino humpback, who is known for cleverly avoiding the limelight and his ability to migrate undetected, made an appearance off the northern point of Fraser Island at the weekend.
But with sightings cropping up from all over the coast - was it really him?
Captain Colin Scott of the Bianca Charters boat MV Phoenix thinks so.
He says Migaloo was cruising alone, away from any other whales, about 1.30pm on Sunday.
“He was quite shy and surfaced a few times”, Mr Scott told the White Whale Research Centre.
He said the reclusive 14-metre mammal stuck around just long enough to be photographed.
Whale research experts have viewed the photos and are almost certain it was Migaloo because of his distinctive dorsal fin.
“While these photos are promising, Migaloo's presence cannot be 100 per cent guaranteed,” acting Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Annastasia Palaszczuk said.
Migaloo, which is an Aboriginal word for white fella, has been declared a “special interest” whale, granting him extra space from boaties to ensure his safe passage up to Queensland.
No one is allowed to bring a boat or jet ski closer than 500 metres to the white whale without written permission or they risk a maximum $16,500 fine.
Boaties must give all other whales 100 metres clearance.
Brian Perry of Hervey Bay Whale Watch said good numbers have already been seen heading north. “Looks like it's going to be a big season,” Mr Perry said.