News

Whale of an attraction

Migaloo is making his way north in the annual migration and could pass Bundaberg today.
Migaloo is making his way north in the annual migration and could pass Bundaberg today. Contributed whalewatchingbyronba

THE famous white humpback whale Migaloo could pass Bundaberg this afternoon or this evening as it joins the annual migration north.

Migaloo has been spotted moving up the coast, and whale watching operations are gearing up to try to find the animal.

Julie Kachel, a member of the Whale One crew that operates out of Mooloolaba, said they went out yesterday to try to find Migaloo, but without success.

She said the whale could pass Bundaberg today.

However, she doubted people would be able to see it from the shore.

"They always go out further as they go north," she said.

"But people could get lucky."

Bobbi Hayter, manager of Spirit of Hervey Bay whale watching cruises, said Migaloo tended to pass to the eastern side of Fraser Island.

She said they usually started looking for Migaloo when the migration headed south.

"We don't start whale watching until July 19," she said.

"Migaloo hasn't come into the bay for quite a few years.

"We're hoping to get him on the return."

Mrs Hayter said in August, September and October hundreds of whales came into the bay because it was sheltered, especially if they had calves with them.

She said a smaller white whale was spotted in the area last year.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell said Migaloo was the white wonder all Queensland whale watchers hoped to catch sight of, but it was important to remember "special interest" rules now applied to him and all other white whales.

"Most importantly, no-one can bring a boat or jetski closer than 500m or fly an aircraft closer than 2000 feet to a special interest whale like Migaloo without authorisation," he said.

Topics:  migaloo whale watching



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Redundancies not happening, says Blue Care

NOT HAPPENING: Blue Care has rejected claims staff will be given redundancies at Millbank Village.

Organisation says it will 'fully support' staff

Bundy man discovers what lurks wolfishly below

CREEPY CRAWLY: Mitch Galikanokus came across this wolf spider in his front yard at the Hummock.

"It was more scared of me than I was of it.”

There's something very different about this new takeaway shop

WELCOME: The Tasty Club's Viola Rezk outside the new business on Lester St.

Want to experience Egypt without leaving Bundy?

Local Partners

Matthew McConaughey wrongly used as medical example

Doctor tried to steal credit for McConaughey's hair treatment

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Bundy hotel on the market for a cool $8.5m

FOR SALE: The Burnett Riverside Motel has gone on the market, with a price guide of more than $8 million.

Premier hotel up for sale for more than $8m

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!