The famous all-white humpback whale called Migaloo has been spotted swimming north along the east coast of Australia for his annual migration.
His name, Migaloo, means ‘white fella’ in many indigenous languages.
Migaloo is one of around 35,000 humpback whales that will make the voyage from Antarctica to Queensland.
The White Whale Research Centre and Great Barrier Reef Legacy created an Instagram account for Migaloo to let his fans know about his trips.
Migaloo’s account updated: “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 humself #migaloo!!”
It continued: “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.”
It was in 1991 when Migaloo was first spotted and has since gained thousands of supporters and fans who love to see him. He was believed to be the only all-white whale in the world until another one was discovered in 2011.
Since then, there have been three or four more all-white whales found.
Dr. Wally Franklin, founding director of The Oceania Project, said Migaloo is now into his 30s. “He is now well and truly fully grown and fully mature. He’s mature socially and physically,” he said.
“It doesn’t appear that he has had any issues with predators and he has an expectation to living as long as 100 years, which is the generally-believed life expectancy.”
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