white humpback whale

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No, this isn’t the white whale that Ishmael was looking for but it’s still quite a sight. This is a white humpback whale and it was spotted off Australia’s Gold Coast. Authorities believe it to be one of three white whales that live in Queensland but it hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. Still, many onlookers enjoyed watching it breach and swim alongside whaling boats.

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migaloo, the only known all white humpback whale, was photographed by jenny dean(first, third photos) in the great barrier reef. though often described as albino, migaloo has brown eyes and is more likely leucistic or hypopigmented. last year, a white orca named iceberg was photographed (second photo) for the first time by e. lazareva in the north pacific, but is again not technically believed to be albino.

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I didn’t get to see any orcas today, even though the other boat spotted a lone male that disappeared into the fog, but that’s okay. I got to see about 10 humpbacks throughout the day, culminating in an hour-long lunge-feeding session at the end of the day. We also saw pods of Risso’s and Pacific White-sided dolphins. It’s no wonder why Monterey is my favorite place to whale watch - I’ve never been disappointed. 😊

Migaloo, the only known all white humpback whale, was photographed by jenny dean (first, third photos) in the great barrier reef. though often described as albino, migaloo has brown eyes and is more likely leucistic or hypopigmented. last year, a white orca named iceberg was photographed (second photo) for the first time by e. lazareva in the north pacific, but is again not technically believed to be albino

Photographer Jenny Dean, who is a clinical nurse and midwife, was on a whale-watching trip with her husband when they spotted this white humpback whale in the water. It could have been Migaloo, thought to be the only all white humpback whale in the world. Migaloo is believed to migrate up the east coast of Australia from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Tropical North Queensland.  Picture: Jenny Dean/REX