New South Wales to provide special protection for albino humpback
14th September 2003
The world's only known albino humpback whale will receive special protection when it enters New South Wales’s waters within the next month.
The albino whale, known as Migaloo, is one of around 4,000 humpback whales that travel along the east coast between June and November each year. The whale is currently believed to be off Fraser Island.
New South Wales’s laws require people and boats to remain at least 100 metres away from whales.
The State MP for Miranda, Barry Collier, says the Government has extended the exclusion zone for Migaloo to 500 metres.
"The measures are designed to reduce the chance of undue stress on this very rare whale but still allow families to observe the rather special mammal from a safe distance," he said.
"Some of the whales of course do suffer from stress with the constant attention paid to it by human beings and water craft and this particular whale will of course attract a lot of attention."