Migaloo, the white humpback whale is one among the 35,000 humpback whales that make long journeys from the water from Antarctica to Queensland.
The name of this whale in several Indigenous languages means ‘white fella’.
Anyone can get to know about Migaloo’s movements through the twitter account of Migaloo which was dedicated by Great Barrier Reef Legacy and The White Whale Research Centre.
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Everyone at The White Whale Research Centre is jumping for joy! After carefully analysing the photos of a mysterious ‘white whale’ spotted very early in the season off of Port Douglas, it appears to actually be the big guy himself – #migaloo!! Photos of migaloo’s tail fluke were taken by @wavelengthreefcruises on Wednesday, which were able to be compared to those taken of migaloo previous years. It’s hard to believe, since this time in 2015 he was near New Zealand! To be so far north this time of year is both strange and very interesting. Thanks to crew onboard Silversonic for the photos taken on Friday of migaloo breaching #whitewhale #humpbackwhale #humpback #portdouglasdaintree #exploretnq #gbrmarinepark #thisisqueensland
However, the twitter accounts said on 15th June: “A white whale possibly Migaloo has been sighted along the NSW South Coast heading north. Estimated to cruise past Sydney anytime soon and Cape Byron anytime from Wednesday this week.”
The whale was first spotted in 1991 and has since grabbed the attention of so many people. By now Migaloo has gained a large crowd of supporters and followers who await to see the elusive creature. It was believed to be the one and only white whale in the world at first.
However, this didn’t last long as soon as they discovered another all-white humpback whale calf in 2011. Since then, there were only about three or four all-white humpback whales in the entire world. Therefore, Migaloo is certainly an unusual one to behold.
An adjunct fellow at Southern Cross University and the founding director of The Oceania Project, Dr Wally Franklin stated that Migaloo is now passing its 30s and will live upto 100 years.
“He is now well and truly fully grown and fully mature. He’s mature socially and physically,” Dr Franklin explained about the migratory habits of Migaloo in the last year.
“It doesn’t appear that he has had any issues with predators and he has an expectation to live as long as 100 years, which is the generally-believed life expectancy.
Reports of his sightings have been available for just about every year of his life and so he has been very useful in cataloguing whale movements. Those sightings are very valuable in confirming migratory timing.”
Anyhow, the laws based on tourism in Queensland have banned the tour operators to come within 500 metres of the huge animal, when it finally gets to the Sunshine State. The authorities of Queensland would charge AU$16,500 (£9,000) if someone acted against the rule.
Perhaps, you might suggest Migaloo as a leucistic (a partial loss of pigment) or an albino animal. But the researchers believe Migaloo to be a real hypopigmented creature.
Be on alert if you’re residing by the east coast of Australia. Perhaps, you might get a chance to spot Migaloo as well as thousands of other whales which make their journey to the North.
Featured Image Credit: @Migaloo1/Twitter