Migaloo the infamous whale is feared to be dead after being MIA for two years now.
The pure white humpback whale was last spotted back in 2019, but it hasn’t been seen since then.
There’s been a lot of speculation on what happened to Migaloo, but many are fearing the worst.
According to the website dedicated to Migaloo, he was first spotted back in 1991 off Byron Bay near Australia’s east coast.
Every June-July, humpback whales migrate up the coast from Antarctic waters and Migaloo is usually one of them. However, he’s been missing over the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and he’s yet to be spotted this year.
Australia’s Canberra Times even ran a whole news article questioning what happened to Migaloo and if he’s still alive. It’s possible he was killed by the many threats that face marine life, like climate change and pollution, but it’s also possible he’s alive and just hasn’t been spotted due to the possible variance in whale migration patterns.
The Queensland Government shared their own thoughts about Migaloo back in 2021, writing: “#Migaloo has been making headlines this week, with concerns [he] may have passed away. The fact we haven’t seen him in Qld waters in the last 2 yrs could just mean he’s migrated elsewhere (like the Cook Islands) or skipped migration & is chilling out in the Antarctic.”
#Migaloo has been making headlines this week, with concerns me may have passed away. The fact we haven't seen him in Qld waters in the last 2 yrs could just mean he's migrated elsewhere (like the Cook Islands) or skipped migration & is chilling out in the Antarctic. pic.twitter.com/fEU9Y3GSO2
— Queensland Environment (@QldEnvironment) June 9, 2021
The Canberra Times added that there could be certain social elements at play to his disappearance as well, such as he could’ve joined a different pod or changed directions to reproduce.
Unforautenly, there’s a grave reality that human-caused threats could’ve gotten the best of Migaloo. Whales face dangers from things like discarded fishing gear and pollution, in addition to climate change, rising ocean temperatures, and more.
While we can’t be certain what happened to Migaloo, there’s still some hope that he’s out there in the ocean living his best life. We’ll continue to be on the lookout for him, but his absence draws a crucial microscope on the problems facing marine mammals.Whizzco