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Migaloo the rare white humpback whale spotted

Rare Albino Whale Resurfaced Off Australian Coast

One of the world's rarest sea creatures, Migaloo the white humpback whale (his name is an Aboriginal word for "white fella") was spotted off the eastern coast of Australia on June 19. According to the Pacific Whale Foundation, Migaloo is the "only documented white humpback whale in the world."

Whale Watching Sydney, a tourism company, said "We got extremely lucky and had Migaloo come up just 5m next to our boat – what a sight that was! An incredible day our passengers wont forget."

Since Migaloo is migrating up the coast of Australia toward warmer waters, it's possible to estimate where he might end up. Hoping to get a quick peek at the amazing creature, Whale Watching Sydney "...had people up on the cliffs from 6:30 am to make sure we would not miss out."

Finally, at around 3 PM, Migaloo was spotted, and the footage above was shot. "He was travelling in a competition pod of 5 adults with an average speed of about 7kts and a great deal of zigging and zagging. There is an exclusion zone of 500m around him which we stuck to but with the nature of a competition pod its sometimes hard to predict where they will come up next," Whale Watching Sydney notes.

The Guardian explains that the white humpback whale was first spotted in 1991. It's possible to get a rough estimate of where he'll pop up, but there have been years when he seemed to vanish.

The White Whale Research Center explains that there's another really exciting reason to try and catch a glimpse of Migaloo: he may not be alone. The site explains, "Up until September 2011 Migaloo was thought to be the only all white Humpback Whale in the world. Then amazing footage emerged of a 100% all white baby humpback calf. This new white whale unofficially named MJ (Migaloo Junior) has amazed & delighted people from around the world."

If you want to be 'friends' with Migaloo, check out his Facebook page. Here's to many more majestic migrations!

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ukiahm48 June 24 2014 at 10:38 PM

Isn't it amazing that we can track a single whale for years, yet we can't find a Boing 777?

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christine June 24 2014 at 5:54 PM

Whatever you do, keep the poor thing out of Japanese waters...of course there are probably any number of idiots out there who think it would look better hanging on their wall than enjoying life...

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Velocity105 christine June 25 2014 at 9:37 AM

The Japanese trawlers don't confine their acitivities to territorial waters. Neither does any other country--Chinese ships have been spotted in the Antarctic hunting whales. Sea Sheperd is abysmally amusing in their pathetic attempts to dissuade the Chinese from doing this, the chinese turn their water cannons on SS's boats and it's all over.

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crrunch June 24 2014 at 10:12 PM

Why give a location....in 2 weeks we'll be told he's been harpooned. :(

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hokanut June 24 2014 at 7:12 PM

How many Japanese boats are headed for the Southern ocean now? Migaloo would probably fetch a cool $5000 per plate at posh sushi joints.

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Christopher hokanut June 25 2014 at 2:36 AM

and people said white meat is out of style

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YourFtr June 24 2014 at 11:16 PM

Nobody has said Mobey Dick !??

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Christopher YourFtr June 25 2014 at 2:35 AM

you did duh

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Bluedane June 25 2014 at 7:53 AM

Stay away from Japanese waters Migaloo!

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the halows June 25 2014 at 7:59 AM

Captain Ahab was right. There ia a Great White Whale. Now let's keep it away from the Japanese whalers.

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steve June 25 2014 at 9:43 AM

kill it, kill it now

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polfpilf June 24 2014 at 8:42 PM

Fantastic sight!! Should never reveal this whales wereabouts though. Either the natives will want to hunt it like their forefathers except use a 150 foot trawler and their ceremonial tripod mounted 50 cal machine gun. Or the Japanese will have it turned into some extremely expensive erection pills.

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Kate June 24 2014 at 8:42 PM

I sure hope everyone leaves him alone, and maintains that critical distance. Same goes for the calf.

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