Migaloo, the only documented white humpack whale in the world, is drawing a lot of media attention to the Queensland, Australia coastline.
Pacific Whale Foundation is pleased to offer this website as a means to document the activities of this unusual marine mammal, and to monitor the interactions between the whale and curious humans.
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Pacific Whale Foundation has been following reported sightings of Migaloo, which means "White Fella" in the Aborginal Australian language. Vice President Paul Forestell, who began monitoring Migaloo soon after the whale was first spotted in 1991, helped to coin the name based on advice from an Aboriginal elder.
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August 5, 2007
Migaloo, Australia's best-known white humpback whale, was spotted off Cape Tribulation in north Queensland yesterday, close to the end of his annual winter migration up the east coast. The world famous whale was spotted by the crew of Silversonic, a dive boat taking tourists to Agincourt Reef off Port Douglas, just after 9am. He was cruising near Undine Cay about 9 nautical miles off shore.
Albino whale 'Migaloo' spotted on annual leave
- By admin at 10/01/2009 - 14:19
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
A charter-boat captain from Lake Charles, La., photographed a rare pink dolphin a couple of weeks ago in Calcasieu Lake, an estuary just north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Louisiana.
Rare Pink Dolphin Seen in Louisiana Lake
- By admin at 10/01/2009 - 14:18
July 8, 2007
Migaloo the white humpback whale is reported to have entered Queensland waters on his 2007 migration, but it could be very costly if people try to get too close. Environment Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr has declared Migaloo a special interest whale in Queensland waters to ensure he can swim freely and safely.
Respect distance around Migaloo
- By admin at 10/01/2009 - 14:17
July 7, 2007
The prodigal humpback whale that was “abandoned” at Coega by its mother one and a half years ago seems to have returned – and is still doing strange things. In October 2005, several witnesses described how a humpback calf – apparently the same one photographed on Monday – arrived at Coega with its mother and then was left behind. Despite predictions that it would die without its mother‘s milk, it survived, apparently feeding on swarms of shrimp-like krill.
Abandoned South African humpback whale returns
July 5, 2007
Queenslanders are being urged to spend a winter weekend in their own backyard getting up close and personal with humpback whales. A new $250,000 advertising blitz launched yesterday seeks to lure Queenslanders to Hervey Bay, in the state's south-east corner, to watch the majestic mammals' annual winter migration.
Thu Jun 28, 2007
Migaloo has been spotted swimming towards Shoalwater Bay and there are fears sonar equipment used in naval exercises could cause him to beach. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) says it is considering moving future military exercises away from Queensland's environmentally sensitive Shoalwater Bay area.
White whale prompts ADF to consider training site move
- By admin at 10/01/2009 - 14:16
Migaloo, the white humpback whale, is forcing the USA and Australian military forces to reconsider using the Great Barrier reef for war games. The USA and Australian Defence forces have faced down a civil disobedience peace campaign against their Talisman Sabre War Games, from June 19 to July 2, at Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, only to come up against the white whale!
Migaloo the White Whale frustrates US-Australian War Games
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Tue Jun 26, 2007
Record numbers of humpback whales are on their annual migration up Australia's east coast, including the rare white whale Migaloo, scientists say. Migaloo was spotted this week off Heron Island, on Queensland's central coast, by resort staff on a fishing trip. Ben Friese, who was one of the lucky few on board, described the close encounter with the 14m whale as a "one-in-a-million chance".
Rare white humpback whale, Migaloo, spotted
- By admin at 10/01/2009 - 14:15