ALL-white humpback Migaloo was sighted on his journey south at Byron Bay on Monday afternoon.
ALL-white humpback Migaloo was sighted on his journey south at Byron Bay on Monday afternoon. Tweed Daily News

I'm a celebrity, get me outta here

FAMOUS albino humpback whale Migaloo snuck past the Tweed some time on Monday morning on his way back south for the summer.

The cheeky whale has once again snubbed the Tweed, as he has done so many times before - hiding from the cameras of whale watching vessels in the area.

He chose Byron Bay as his location to make an appearance yesterday afternoon, as do so many other Australian celebrities.

Divers spotted Migaloo in Byron Bay at 3pm on Monday, the first time he has been seen on his journey south.

Rob Dalton from Byron Bay Dive Centre saw the white whale just north of The Pass travelling with a pod of five other whales.

Cape Byron Marine Park manager Andrew Page said the pod was travelling reasonably fast towards Cape Byron when they were spotted.

Migaloo is the only recorded all-white humpback whale in the world and has become a celebrity since being first sited in 1991.

Mr Page said September through to October was the peak period for whales migrating south after mating, with over half the pods passing by containing calves.

He urged boaties to observe whale watching rules.

“While we expect Migaloo will attract a lot of attention on his way south we ask that people ensure that they maintain a safe distance and allow him to pass peacefully.”

“Marine mammal approach distances are designed to ensure whales are safe in our waters and people can still enjoy watching them,” Mr Page said.

“Consideration needs to be extended when approaching in boats or other craft. This is especially important in the case of adults with calves, which may be either resting or suckling.

“For a vessel, the approach distance is 100m. When calves are in the pod, the distance increases to 300m. Jet skis are prohibited within 300m.”



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