SPOTTED: Celebrity white whale Migaloo was spotted off the coast of Byron Bay last weekend.
SPOTTED: Celebrity white whale Migaloo was spotted off the coast of Byron Bay last weekend.

Famous white whale makes a splash

By RACHEL AFFLICK

WHALE watchers responded with awe when they spotted the famous white humpback whale Migaloo off the coast of Byron Bay on the weekend.

The group of two crew members and 12 passengers were aboard local whale watching boat Bay Runner when tour leader Rob Dalton made the exciting discovery.

The Whale Watching Byron Bay co-owner was steering the Bay Runner over to a pod of whales near Julian Rocks when he spotted the 'celebrity' whale through the glare.

"There were two whales in the sun and we couldn't see the colouring but I had an inkling one was a lot lighter in colour than the other," Mr Dalton said.

"Then as the whale swam so the sun was at a better angle I could see it was distinctly white."

Migaloo was first spotted off the coast of Byron Bay in 1991 and is believed to be the only all-white humpback whale ever reported in the world.



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