Mi­ga­loo pops up to prove he was on tour

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THIS is the first photo that con­firms Mi­ga­loo the al­bino humpack whale came to visit the re­gion this sea­son.

While Mi­ga­loo had been spot­ted by sev­eral peo­ple off the coast of Port Dou­glas in the past two weeks, Dain­tree Fish­ing and Pho­tog­ra­pher Tours’ David Pat­ter­son ap­pears to be the only per­son to cap­ture him on cam­era on this trip.

Mr Pat­ter­son was near Pratt Rock, not far from Un­dine Reef, on July 27 fish­ing with a client when he spot­ted what he first thought was an­other boat.

“We were just drift­ing around fish­ing, I had an English client from Lon­don and I was look­ing through a very salty wind­screen and was think­ing, ’How did this boat sneak up on me’, be­cause I saw a white blur,” he said.

“I yelled out, ’It’s the white whale’, but it went un­der and no one be­lieved me.

“But then about 15 min­utes later he came back up in the same spot.

“He was just pass­ing through but when he first came up he was about 100m away from us and he just drifted past and kept go­ing.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen him in 27 years of fish­ing out there, it was a bit of a buzz.”

Mi­ga­loo was alone as he went around Un­dine Reef and look­ing like he was head­ing out in the di­rec­tion of the Quick­sil­ver pon­toon near Agin­court Reef.

That same morn­ing Mr Pat­ter­son had seen a mother and calf in the dis­tance at Rud­der Reef, his first whale sight­ing for the year.

He has since spot­ted a mother and calf around Snap­per Is­land on Mon­day.

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