The albino humpback whale Migaloo has returned to the coasts of Queensland.

Migaloo and his son Migaloo junior, the only known albino humpback whales in the world, have again been spotted off the coasts of Queensland.

The pair are a rare sight even among the 17,000 other humpbacks who migrate to the waters around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef every year to breed.

Doug Ryan, executive officer of Tourism Port Douglas, told ABC Radio the confirmation was like welcoming an old friend back.

“We use the word a lot but he’s become an icon. He’s certainly a favourite with everyone and even though not everyone gets to see him it signifies a time of year … when the sea is alive,” he added.

Mr Ryan explained that whale watching was becoming a popular pastime for tourist and locals alike on the Queensland coast, as the mammals have been spotted increasingly close to the shore.

Humpback whales can grow to a length of around 16 metres and often can be seen high above the waves performing spectacular jumps.

Written by Ruth Norris

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