The humpback whales of eastern Australian have begun their migration early this year, travelling north from Antartica much earlier than expected. Humpback whales, including Migaloo, are not normally spotted off the east coast of Australia until late May or early June, but this year they began to be sighted as early as April. So when will we have the first sighting of Migaloo?? A Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Spokesman, Mark Read, says scientists are unsure why the animals have arrived early. However he also says that people operating boats need to be mindful of the whales.
Humpback whales migrate each year to winter in the warmer waters of the tropics, where some give birth, before returning south during the summer months to feed in Antartica. If you are the first to spot Migaloo make sure you give the Oskar Peterson at the White Whale Resesarch Centre a call!