SPOTTED: Migaloo made an appearance in the Whitsundays yesterday as lucky passengers snapped pictures during their GSL Aviation scenic flight. Photo Contributed
SPOTTED: Migaloo made an appearance in the Whitsundays yesterday as lucky passengers snapped pictures during their GSL Aviation scenic flight. Photo Contributed

Lucky few get "amazing" view of Migaloo

THOSE on board a GSL Aviation scenic flight were given the view of a lifetime yesterday morning as they caught a glimpse of the white humpback whale, Migaloo.

Chief pilot Josh Sutherland said at first he thought it might have just been the white underbelly of a normal humpback whale but soon realised it was something quite unique.

"As we turned we could see it was all white. It was on the right hand side and we turned so everyone got a good view of it," he said.

"You can't confuse it with anything else, it wouldn't be a dolphin."

Mr Sutherland said Migaloo appeared by himself around Bait Reef heading towards Cruise Whitsunday's Reefworld.

The Reef and Island flight departed at 9am yesterday and after spotting the whale, Mr Sutherland said he notified other pilots.

"(But) it vanished after the first sighting," he said.

Mr Sutherland said it wasn't uncommon at the moment to spot whales but he had never seen a white one before.

"It was pretty amazing seeing something of that size all white. It stood out." he said.

"That's the first time I've seen a white one.

"It was a calm day which helped."

Mr Sutherland said the Whitsundays was "right in the peak of the season".

"We're maybe seeing 10 whales at a time right now," he said.


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