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Rare albino whale filmed off New South Wales


Posted on Saturday, 21 June, 2014 | Comment icon 16 comments

Migaloo swam very close to the boat. Image Credit: YouTube / Chris Jones
An extremely rare encounter with an albino humpback whale called Migaloo has been caught on camera.
First sighted in 1991 this rare white whale might sound like the topic of a hoax but is in fact a genuine animal, one that has been spotted several times over the last few decades. Believed to have been about 3 to 5 years old at the time of its discovery, Migaloo is now likely to be approaching 30.

Only three other albino humpback whales have ever been identified and an encounter with one is considered to be a special treat for whale watchers.

In this recent footage, a group of people sailing off the coast of New South Wales in Australia on June 19th was given unexpected front row seats to the spectacle of Migaloo swimming past them through the waves.

It is thought that the whale is embarking on its annual migration of thousands of miles from Antarctica to the breeding grounds along the Great Barrier Reef.


Source: Huffington Post | Comments (16)

Tags: Migaloo, Whale, Albino


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Mr. ET on 21 June, 2014, 15:33
Nice,I have always wondered why Albino whales are allegedly more aggressive tho?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 21 June, 2014, 23:21
It's a real life shiny! (Pokémon joke for those of you who don't get it.)
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 22 June, 2014, 0:17
Nice,I have always wondered why Albino whales are allegedly more aggressive tho? Maybe because they were bullied as a small tike. All the other whales make fun of them.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 22 June, 2014, 1:32
Capt. Quint says, "You're gonna need a bigger bottle of sunscreen."
Comment icon #11 Posted by taniwha on 22 June, 2014, 11:08
Nice,I have always wondered why Albino whales are allegedly more aggressive tho? The greatest whale of all time was Mocha Dick... ...This renowned monster, who had come off victorious in a hundred fights with his pursuers, was an old bull whale, of prodigious size and strength. From the effect of age, or more probably from a freak of nature, as exhibited in the case of the Ethiopian Albino, a singular consequence had resulted ... he was white as wool!... ...Mocha Dick was a legend among whalers, and every captain wanted to kill him... ...From the period of Dick's first appearance, his celebrit... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by plaguedmedusa on 23 June, 2014, 5:24
This is absolutely amazing!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Silent Trinity on 23 June, 2014, 15:37
Avoiding the inevitable Moby Dick jokes, this is a fantastic specimen, and obviously a rare on too. The sea certain contains some majestic beauty that most of us will never see!
Comment icon #14 Posted by CuriousRey on 23 June, 2014, 18:11
Beautiful and majestic creature!
Comment icon #15 Posted by psyche101 on 24 June, 2014, 0:14
Beautiful. Please lets keep it away from the Japanese. Good luck, the court case is a very temporary solution.. LINK - Japan to 'redesign' whale hunt in Antarctic despite ICJ ruling Japan says it will redesign its controversial whaling activities in the Antarctic after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as science. Japanese fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the ruling upheld the notion of "the sustainable use of whales as a resource" and the country would continue its research whaling program. "Based on this ... and in line with international law and sci... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by bigjonalien on 26 June, 2014, 23:42
its apparently bad luck for the japanese to kill an albino whale, so they wont!


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