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Migaloo cruising towards reef with police

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016

Migaloo is on his annual migration north and is expected to reach the reef over the weekend. © Rex Images Migaloo is on his annual migration north and is expected to reach the reef over the weekend. Famous white whale Migaloo is cruising towards the Great Barrier Reef with police in tow.

The rare humpback is travelling under police escort after vessels got to close to him as he passed the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles said police would keep watch over Migaloo until he reached the safe waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

There is a special protection area for Migaloo of 500 metres for boats and vessels, instead of the regulation 100 metres for any single watercraft, while aircraft much keep a distance of at least 610 metres.

There is also believed to have been complaints about a drone coming too close to the whale but Dr Miles said an investigation was underway into the alleged breaches of the protection zone and would not comment further.

Migaloo is on his annual migration north and is expected to reach the reef over the weekend.

The maximum penalty for intentionally moving too close to a whale is $20,113.50 or an on the spot fine of $609.

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