Great white whale returns
ELUSIVE white whale Migaloo has made a daytime return to the Tweed Coast more than four years after his last sighting here.
The “hypo-pigmented” humpback whale was spotted 16 kilometres off the coastline about 10am yesterday morning travelling with two other whales.
Watersport Guru director Tim Adams on Fingal Charters was the first to spot the white whale and said it happened by accident.
“We were just following a pod of whales and there he was,” Mr Adams said.
“We weren't expecting to see him. I thought he was meant to be at Moreton Island when we saw him.
“I was out there looking for him the day before so it was a real shock for him to be there.”
Mr Adams said they followed Migaloo for about 45 minutes as he travelled alongside two other humpbacks.
While he did not breach, Migaloo still drew the adoring gaze of lucky whale watchers yesterday morning.
Aquatic Blue Charters co- owner Carol Hunt said she had a cruise full of happy and surprised whale watchers yesterday.
“I was so excited and I was jumping all over the deck with glee - everyone on board was excited too, and we just couldn't believe our luck in finding him,” Ms Hunt said.
Ms Hunt previously said Migaloo may have passed the Tweed late night on Tuesday.
“I had a feeling he would slow down and have a rest,” Ms Hunt said.
“We were lucky enough to see him off Port Macquarie in 2005, but no one has seen him since and now here he is again. All 46 passengers on board were so lucky.”
Earlier reports placed Migaloo at Moreton Island, which turned out to be false.
Marcia Berry from Kirra was on Aquatic Blue Charters yesterday for her first whale-watching cruise.
“Seeing Migaloo was awesome and a real surprise. We couldn't take a photo though, the waves were a bit rough,” Ms Berry said.
Southern Cross University's Whale Research Centre yesterday reminded people to heed the special exclusion zone which applied to Migaloo.