Where exactly is Migaloo right now?

QPWS rangers have been keeping an eye out for Migaloo since he was seen near Fraser Island on Friday.
QPWS rangers have been keeping an eye out for Migaloo since he was seen near Fraser Island on Friday. SEA WORLD WHALE WATCH

THE Department of Environment and Heritage protection has responded to the many public requests to know where exactly Migaloo is right now.

Environment and National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the white whale was not automatically "tracked" by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers, or by wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

"We get lots of inquiries from members of the public - and the media - wanting to know where Migaloo is, where he's soon likely to be, and when he'll be passing by a particular part of our coast.

"The truth is, although we know whales' general migratory habits, including Migaloo's, he and the rest of the whales who frequent our waters are wild animals, that aren't tagged, and that move at their own pace.

"Unfortunately, Migaloo doesn't have a travel agent," Dr Miles said.

QPWS rangers have been keeping an eye out for Migaloo since he was seen near Fraser Island on Friday.

Sadly, he hasn't shown up in the pod of 50 whales spotted passing by.

The department expects that if Migaloo keeps the same path and speed as he's previously shown, it's possible he has already entered southern Great Barrier Reef waters.

Dr Miles said that although whale watchers wait to herald the arrival of Migaloo and other whales into Queensland waters, from then on it's a case of waiting to see where and when observers spot them, he said.

"Last week QPWS marine park rangers tracked Migaloo through the Moreton Bay Marine Park, but this was because of an allegation that approach distances were being violated and this is being investigated.

"However, unless the whales, including Migaloo, are in distress or threatened in some way, we let them go about their business and don't track them, including when they are in our marine parks."

Migaloo was first observed in 1991 off Byron Bay when he was believed to be 3-5 years old.

'Special interest' rules apply to Migaloo and any other white humpback whales in order to protect them while they are in Queensland waters.

No-one can bring a boat or jet ski closer than 500 metres or fly an aircraft closer than 610 metres to a special interest whale like Migaloo without authorisation.

Members of the public that observe any whales in distress can report this by phoning 1300 130 372.

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