Chalking it up to fate for lucky sight-seers
CHALKIE is his name and breaching is his game.
Chalkie, the great white whale that was first spotted in the region's waters in 2011 when he was just a calf, has returned to the Whitsunday passage.
This terrific picture was snapped by a passenger onboard Ocean Dynamics charter boat recently.
Chalkie was also filmed swimming at the Sunshine Coast recently, however southern media reports falsely referred to him as Migaloo 2.
The false identification was something that Whitsunday Escape marketing co-ordinator Alita De Brincat described as disappointing.
"His name is reflective of both the colour of his skin, as well as the area where he was born," she said.
"Chalkie's Beach is a beautiful white silica sand beach opposite Whitehaven Beach. It's quite fitting.
"I really hope the southerners will adopt his real name."
Chalkie has a black mark on his tail that is used to identify him.
"We suspected the whale was Chalkie, but were thrilled when we spotted the black mark on him to confirm it," she said.
"We were all over the moon."
Ms De Brincat describes this year's whale-watching season as a "late one".
"However, in the last two weeks we have been getting sightings almost daily. Everyone who comes back after seeing whales is just beaming."
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