The White Whale Research Centre receives a report of a All White Whale sighting of the Western Australian Coast.
On Saturday 11th May 2012 Luke Reese was on holidays and fishing with a few mates on G Bank just off the coast from Post Office Island 113.56 East & 28.49 South which is situated in the Pelsaert Group of the Abrolhos Islands 60klm West off Geraldton Western Australia. He said they were fishing and just a few metres away an all white humpback whale came cruising past. Luke said it was slowly heading NW with a large pod of other Humpback Whales and said it glowed like a fluorescent light in the aqua blue waters. He said it was a sight he will never forget and went on about how he has been fishing in the area for over 30 years and have always seen humpback whales heading north but this was the first time he had seen a all white whale.
The Question The White Whale Research Centre has is this Migaloo or Migaloo Jnr or a completely new all white whale?
Or perhaps as there are many different humpback whale groups that migrate North each year from Antarctica with one group that migrates north up the East Coast of Australia and another up the West Coast of Australia. We also know of a group that head north towards Tonga via New Zealand another group head north towards Hawaii and another group head north along the west and east coasts of Argentina in Sth America and another group head north along the South African coast towards Madagascar it might be that these groups rotate and change which route north they take each year. This would explain why some times we don’t see Migaloo for a few years along the Australian East Coast as he may be heading north along the Australian West Coast? Is this due to climate change or not? Will we sight Migaloo this year along the Australian East Coast?
Oh the joy of research.
Below is some information about the Island group in which the latest white whale sighting happen.
The Houtman Abrolhos Islands
Pristine waters, a rich biodiversity of marine and other wildlife, historic shipwrecks and their attendant tales of triumph over adversity, and a modern, thriving rock lobster industry are all part of the magic that is the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, as they are officially named.
Commonly referred to as ‘The Abrolhos’, the islands are named after Dutch Commander Frederik de Houtman, who came across several of the low-lying, coral reef-fringed islands.
The 122 islands lie 60 kilometers west of Geraldton on Western Australia’s mid-west coast. They are clustered into three main groups – Wallabi, Easter and Pelsaert – and spread from north to south across 100 kilometers of ocean. The islands and their surrounding reef communities are a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life, forming one of the State’s unique marine areas.
The Houtman Abrolhos Islands are an A-Class Reserve managed by the Department of Fisheries for the conservation of flora and fauna, for tourism, and for purposes associated with fishing and aquaculture industries. The waters surrounding the islands have special status as a Fish Habitat Protection Area for the conservation of fish, fish breeding areas and associated aquatic ecosystem, and are popular for aquatic tourism and recreational activities.
The Abrolhos lie in the stream of the southward-flowing Leeuwin Current, which funnels warm, low-nutrient, tropical water along the edge of the continental shelf, from the north of the State down the Western Australian coast. The current carries a cargo of larvae, eggs and juveniles of many species of corals and other marine life far south of their usual range. Water temperatures in the current are maintained throughout the winter at around 20 to 22 ºC, enabling corals and tropical species of fish and invertebrates to thrive in latitudes where they normally wouldn’t survive.
The Abrolhos Islands’ marine and terrestrial environments are fragile and it is important that visitors and the fishers who temporarily reside there protect them. These natural resources are part of the aquatic heritage of all Australians and are listed on the Register of the National Estate. Visitors are asked to ensure their activities have minimal impact on the islands’ natural environment.