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Albino Humpback Whale spotted off Australia Coast

An elusive albino humpback whale, affectionately named Migaloo, is believed to be the only pure-white humpback in theworld.  Migaloo has been a magnet for whale watchers since his first sightingoff the Tweed coast in northern New South Wales in 1991, and has been spotted playing in the waters of Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef.

Migaloo is Aboriginal for “white fella” and was spotted off Point Lookout onNorth Stradbroke Island.

Sightings of Migaloo have been so rare that there was once scientific debate about whether he really existed.  Migaloo was not seen again after the initial sightings until 1999,fuelling speculation he had died of skin cancer or fallen prey tokiller whales.

With more than 50 sightings from Victoria tothe Whitsundays since 1991, Migaloo has become a phenomenon in theglobal whale-watching industry, estimated to be worth more than $1billion annually.

News.com.au has provided a picture gallery of this fantastic creature at this link.

 

Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise Haithhttp://www.divasindubai.com
Sara-Lise is the former News Editor for DeeperBlue.com. She is based in Dubai.

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