Migaloo the rare white whale is spotted for the first time off the coast of Australia this year

Migaloo the rare white whale is spotted this year for the first time off the coast of Australia – while the iconic mammal turns 30

  • An iconic rare white whale is reportedly spotted off the coast of Australia
  • Migaloo's 40-ton, 15-meter humpback albino whale is often observed in July
  • A photo believed to be Migaloo turned viral after it appeared on Twitter on June 21
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The iconic rare white whale Migaloo was discovered a few days after its 30th birthday and makes its annual migration off the coast of Australia.

The 40-tonne, 15-meter high humpback whale usually appears in New Zealand at the end of June before leaving for Cape Byron or the Gold Coast at the end of July.

But it seems that the giant mammal may have begun its annual migration a few weeks earlier, after a photo believed to be Migaloo appeared on Twitter on June 21.

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Migaloo (photo) the 40-tonne, 15-meter high humpback whale usually arrives in New Zealand at the end of June before leaving for Cape Byron or the Gold Coast at the end of July

The giant mammal may have started its annual migration a few weeks earlier, after a photo that was probably Migaloo (photo) appeared on Twitter on June 21

The giant mammal may have started its annual migration a few weeks earlier, after a photo that was probably Migaloo (photo) appeared on Twitter on June 21

The giant mammal may have started its annual migration a few weeks earlier, after a photo that was probably Migaloo (photo) appeared on Twitter on June 21

The aerial photograph, believed to have been taken by a pilot, is said to show the spooky silhouette of a whale off the north coast of New South Wales.

& # 39; Oooooh, could this be our pigmented underwater whale hero, also known as #Migaloo? & # 39; the attached caption.

The photo quickly went viral and collected the attention of whale spotters everywhere, speculating whether it was actually Migaloo.

& # 39; Interesting or could it be a whale swimming upside down and showing its belly ?? & # 39; one person wrote.

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While another person added: & # 39; Yes, the good news is that people are now looking forward. & # 39;

The reported sighting of Migaloo comes less than a month after another white whale video was posted on Twitter on May 29.

The reported sighting of Migaloo (photo) comes less than a month after another white whale video was posted on Twitter on May 29

The reported sighting of Migaloo (photo) comes less than a month after another white whale video was posted on Twitter on May 29

The reported sighting of Migaloo (photo) comes less than a month after another white whale video was posted on Twitter on May 29

Despite speculation, the video was from Migaloo, fans were quick to ignore it because the exact location and date of observation is unknown.

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With reports that the white whale is traveling north, enthusiasts believe that the mammal can sail along the Gold Coast in the next few days.

Whale lovers who want to catch a glimpse of the Migaloo can follow their annual trips using the online system of the White Whale Reseacrh Center.

The database offers regularly updated information about whale watching.

Migaloo, an Aboriginal word that & # 39; whitefella & # 39; means, swims along the east coast of Australia between June and November.

Despite speculation, the video (photo) was from Migaloo, fans were quick to ignore it because the exact location and date of the observation is unknown.

Despite speculation, the video (photo) was from Migaloo, fans were quick to ignore it because the exact location and date of the observation is unknown.

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Despite speculation, the video (photo) was from Migaloo, fans were quick to ignore it, because the exact location and date of the observation were unknown

Whale lovers who want to catch a glimpse of the Migaloo can follow their annual trips using the online system of White Whale Reseacrh Center

Whale lovers who want to catch a glimpse of the Migaloo can follow their annual trips using the online system of White Whale Reseacrh Center

Whale lovers who want to catch a glimpse of the Migaloo can follow their annual trips using the online system of White Whale Reseacrh Center

While the winter waters of Antarctica are getting too cold, he searches for warmer climates to mate before making the return trip.

Migaloo is often seen in the waters off Port Douglas, about an hour north of Cairns, and has become a popular tourist attraction.

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The creature was first observed in 1991 when he was the only known white whale in the world.

That was until an albino calf was spotted in 2015 with its protective mother off the Australian coast near Sydney.

The calf was believed to be the offspring of Migaloo and was unofficially named MJ (Migaloo Junior), according to The White Whale Research Center.

Migaloo is protected by Australian law and is part of the humpback population of the east coast of Australia that was brought back from extinction after the cessation of whaling in the early 1960s.

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