White humpback whale spotted off Heron Island

THE decision to rise early on their day off was one Ben Friese and Dave Hannan will never regret.

On Monday morning the Heron Island employees set off on a fishing trip like no other, a fishing trip the pair cannot stop raving about.

And while they didn't catch a single fish, the men were lucky enough to experience an up-close encounter with the world's only reported all-white Humpback Whale, better known as 'Migaloo'.

The men could hardly contain their excitement as they told The Observer their story from Heron Island yesterday.

Mr Friese said on their way back to the island the skipper decided to travel around Wistari Reef where they came across the whale frolicking with a pod of dolphins.

Mr Friese said the rare whale species looked like a sand bank in the water at first, until they got a closer look.

'It was amazing,' he said.

Mr Hannan said the albino whale glowed in the pristine waters.

According to Mr Friese, Migaloo became interested in the boat, swimming closer towards the vessel to check it out.

'He swam about five or six metres away from the boat and did a big spit in front of it,' he said.

'We were so hypo after seeing that, it's pretty amazing.'

The men also came across four other groups of whales on their return to Heron Island.

'It was unbelievable. Magic really does happen on Heron. 'Nature rules this island.'

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