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Migaloo to make a splash in reef waters

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016

Migaloo is set to have a whale of a time on the Great Barrier Reef.

The rare white humpback was sighted near Fraser Island on Friday, not too far from the waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

He is being monitored on his annual migration up the coast after vessels got too close to him off the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service vessel has been keeping watch of Migaloo until he reaches the safe waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The famous white whale has also been accompanied by a friend during his journey north.

White Whale Research Centre founder Oskar Peterson said it appeared the smaller humpback swimming with Migaloo was a male.

"The other whale has been with him for six years on and off," he told AAP.

"It must be a male friend because females are larger."

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

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

An investigation into the behaviour of boaties off the Gold Coast is ongoing.

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