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Migaloo gets a wide berthOffice of Environment and Heritage wildlife team leader Susan Crocetti said there were increased distances for Migaloo in New South Wales this year to give him “a bit of extra space that he gets in Queensland”.

“We actually believe that there is more than one Migaloo out there, so we anticipate we will get news of a white whale any day now,” she said.

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