NORTHWARD BOUND: Migaloo the albino whale is expected to pass the North Coast between Tuesday and Thursday this week.
NORTHWARD BOUND: Migaloo the albino whale is expected to pass the North Coast between Tuesday and Thursday this week. Migaloo the White Whale Facebook

Migaloo the whale spotted along the east coast?

BETTER late than never.

After a month of increasingly anxious waiting, and with a big chunk of the northward whale migration season already gone, the most famous whale in Australia has finally been sighted off the East Coast.

Migaloo, Australia's only known albino humpback whale, was spotted in waters off Port Macquarie mid-Saturday afternoon.

The Migaloo Facebook page reported that Migaloo was seen cruising with a female friend, and their social canoodling took the edge off his usual speed, which typically averages between 5-7.5kmh.

He was instead travelling the relaxed pace of about 4.5kmh.

"Once he is finished interacting with his lady friend he will speed up," the page reported.

At that pace, the distinctly coloured whale is expected to pass by Cape Byron sometime between Tuesday and Thursday - although if he picks up the speed he may in fact pass us sometime later today.

With fine and sunny weather predicted over the next three days along with offshore winds, whale watching conditions are near perfect, so grab some binoculars and head to one of the many whale watching hotspots along the coast and you might just get lucky.

To make it easier you can also follow Migaloo's progress at the Migaloo the Whale Twitter page, @Migaloo1.



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