2017 whale watching season begins on Mid North Coast

THERE are reports the first whales have been spotted off the Mid North Coast heralding the beginning of the 2017 whale season.

The owner of a Port Macquarie whale watching business Anthony Heeney said there were a couple of sightings at Jervis Bay last week, signalling the mammals were on track to reach the Mid North Coast. 

There were reports on Thursday, May 11 a whale was seen off the coast at Shelly Beach, Port Macquarie.

Mr Heeney said the whales can be spotted consistently especially in the month of June. 

Migaloo is an albino white whale who has become iconic for his travels which have been documented along the eastern coastline. 

According to the White Whale Research Centre, Migaloo is Australia’s most well-known humpback whale. 

When he was first sighted he was the only known all white whale in the world. 

As he migrates up the east coast of Australia from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Tropical North Queensland his distinctive all white colouring allows people to report sightings.

Mr Heeney said there is every chance Migaloo could make an appearance in 2017. 

“He definitely stands out when he is around,” he said. 

People can expect to see mainly humpbacks and possibly killer and southern right whales. 

“We’re very lucky in Port to see the whales without having to travel very far at all,” Mr Heeney said.