Sightings Overview

Below is a basic overview covering the past 11 years. Click each year's page for a more detailed sightings network. Visit the official Migaloo twitter page for more up-to-date sightings information: @Migaloo1

You can use this information to plan your whale watching adventure and hopefully this helps a Migaloo sighting to be ticked off your bucket list.


Migaloo sightings past Cape Byron as he heads north have been:

21st June 2004

13th June 2005

23rd June 2014

25th July 2016

11th July 2017

Migaloo sightings past Cape Byron heading South have been:

30th September 2007

28th September 2009

17th September 2017

Migaloo sightings in the Cairns & Port Douglas area have been:

July 16th 2006

July 25th 2007

Aug 14th 2009

July 21st 2010 (Port Douglas)

25th July 2012

7th August 2013

7th August 2017


So if you are set on sighting Migaloo, consider taking a holiday on the Gold Coast or Byron Bay between mid June to early July as he heads North and goes past Cape Byron and along the NSW North Coast and the Tweed Coast under the shadow of Mt Warning and on into Queensland waters and the Gold Coast.

Consider Cairns or Port Douglas between Mid July to Mid August as he cruises the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea Islands just of the coast and easily accessible by the many daily reef charter boats departing daily from Cairns or Port Douglas.

Consider Byron Bay late September and then Sydney late September early October.

He can travel/cruise between 10-14 km/h and covers a vast distance in a short time as he sings his love song in search of a new girlfriend up and down the Australian East Coast.

Also note Migaloo can be sighted anywhere in between Port Douglas Far North Queensland or Eden on the far Southern New South Wales Coast. Unfortunately no other white humpback whale (Migaloo Jrn or Barloo or Chalkie) has been sighted for over 5 years so it is possible Migaloo is the only one still alive. The other known white whales were all young humpbacks and either their pigmentation gene kicked in and they are amongst the general population or they have simply succumbed to the harst Southern Ocean or Japanese whalers. It should also be noted that sometimes when a baby humpback is born it can appear to be all white or greyish in colour and as the whale grows the normal pigmentation of their skin darkens.

Migaloo can be identified from has scarring on his back and from his tail as each humpback has a unique sequence of individual bumps and grooves that are different on every whale, much like the fingerprints on a human are different from each other.