Migaloo pops up to prove he was on tour
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.