Subject: Info: RARE ALBINO HUMPBACK WHAL (fwd)

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Fri, 28 Jun 1996 14:39:12 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Thu, 27 Jun 96 11:38:00 UTC 0000
From: r.mallon1@genie.com
To: marmam@uvvm.uvic.ca, pita@whale.simmons.edu
Subject: NSW: RARE ALBINO HUMPBACK WHAL

NSW: RARE ALBINO HUMPBACK WHALE OFF NSW COAST

   SYDNEY, June 27 AAP - An elusive albino humpback whale not seen
for almost two years is believed to be migrating north along the
New South Wales coast.
   The whale, thought to be the only of its kind, could be near
Byron Bay on the state's north coast this weekend, NSW Environment
Minister Pam Allen said today.
   Ms Allen urged whale watchers to maintain a lookout for the
whale, which was last seen in October 1994 after being initially
spotted in Queensland waters in October 1992.
   "In effect it is like having a tagged whale which can be easily
monitored," she said in a statement.
   "It has caused intense interest in the scientific community ...
it is unlikely there are two albino whales."
   The whale is believed to be a 13-metre long male, approaching 10
years old and weighing 40 tonnes.
   Ms Allen said "any day now" southern right whales would appear
of the NSW coast and warned anyone breaking laws on whale watching
faced possible jail terms or fines.
   The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is currently
studying the migration patterns of whales and anyone sighting them
is asked to contact the service.