Migaloo delights local whale watchers
MIGALOO the white whale - undeniably Australia's most famous humpback - has been spotted off the Coffs Coast during his northern migration to warmer waters.
The hypo-pigmented humpback was reportedly sighted off Sawtell Headland about 2pm on Sunday and again from Gallows about 4.30pm.
Quick-moving Migaloo was seen off Port Stephens, just north of Newcastle, on Friday morning and is expected to clear the Queensland border today.
Jetty Dive Centre owner Mike Davey said spotters were on the lookout for Migaloo after hearing he was close by.
"It was most annoying to us because we got word he was at Sawtell at 2pm, which is when our boat left, and we were on the headland for forever and a day looking but we missed him," Mr Davey said.
"Unfortunately for us, the second sighting just further north was shortly after we'd finished for the day.
"We spoke to people in the afternoon who had already seen him off Sawtell and were hoping to catch a second glimpse."
Migaloo, an adult male believed to have been born in 1986, was first sighted off Byron Bay in June 1991.
SCU researchers were able to collect Migaloo's DNA and form a genetic fingerprint when he breached in 2004.