Its been an exciting few days with the appearance of Migaloo, the white humpback whale, off the Gold Coast on Monday and an earlier sighting of him the day before at Point Hastings on the northern NSW coast.
We have received a number of photographs of Migaloo from the Gold Coast and Dr Trish Franklin has compared them to photographs of Migaloo she obtained in Hervey Bay in 1998.
Also our colleagues from Southern Cross University Dr Dan Burns and Peta Beeman have also compared photography from their encounters with Migaloo in 2004 and 2011.
Dr Olaf Meynecke from Griffiths University who photographed Migaloo on Monday has also made similar comparisons.
Finally Paul Hodda, President of the Australain Whale Conservation Society has reviewed the photographs of Migaloo from Monday. Paul was the first person to report the presence of Migaloo off Cape Byron in 1991.
Each of these experts affirm that the photgraphs provides clear scientific evidence that it was Migaloo off the Gold Coast on Monday.
Migaloo was recently also sighted in Cook Strait on the 6th July 2015 so he has had an interesting travel year.
In 2008 we reported that eastern Australian whales were using Cook Strait and the southern waters of New Zealand travelling to and from their Antarctic feeding grounds, The report has been published this year in the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management.
The Whale Watching season is well underway and with the population of eastern Australian Humpback whales estimated to be about 23,000 this year there will be a steady flow along the east coast of Australia from June to November.
There are plenty of opportunities to see the whales, check our whale-watching list for details.
Conversation with Richard Fidler ABC RN featuring the research of Dr Trish Franklin and Wally Franklin in Hervey Bay.
Get your Community involved in the Humpback ICON Project and see Help Save Our Humpbacks for information about what you can do to help the Eastern Australian Humpback Whales.
On iWhales.org you will find movies, sounds and photography of Eastern Australian Humpbacks recorded during our Annual Whale Research Expedtions in Hervey Bay which are available as DVD's or films.
The 60 minute Audio CD Album: 'Songlines - Songs of the Eastern Australian Humpbacks' featuring 'Migaloo'. Buy Now.
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Humpback Icon film: