September 27th, 2012
04:44 AM ET

Rare albino whale puts on a show off Australian coast

It may seem straight out of Moby Dick, but a rare white whale is thrilling Australians off the eastern coast.

The albino humpback has been nicknamed "Migaloo" by researchers who track his movements.

Albino whales are rare and Migaloo is the only documented all-white humpback adult, according to Peter Harrison, director of marine ecology research at Southern Cross University in Australia.

Migaloo was first seen in 1991 when he was a juvenile, Harrison says, and researchers believe he is now in his 20s.

The humpbacks are on their annual migration from their breeding grounds along the Great Barrier Reef back to feed in the Antarctic.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    This too will blamed on George W. Bush.

    September 27, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      So quick to judge. I think your aim is off. You should be blaming Herman Melville.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Call me Ishmael.

    September 27, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Hi Ishmael. Now get off the blog and back into the book! I am only on page 348 where you help Queequeg turn his coffin into a life buoy . I can't finish reading with you running rampant out here in the real world.

      September 27, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sinfully Yours

    And we care, why?!

    September 27, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    Lol, SY. That made me laugh. When I was a kid, there was a raven who showed up at the same time every day at my grampas house for a snack. My grampa called him Queequeg.

    September 27, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Maybe this will trigger the second comming of Flipper.

    September 27, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. TvNyC

    You guys all post dumb stuff, maybe cause you are dumb. The whail news is real cool i think.

    September 27, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Leela

    Is there Mrs Queequeg?

    September 27, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Wow @ TvNyc, that was harsh! Youre post wasnt that outstanding either and it doesnt appear this article drew a whole lot of response anyway! Laughter is a good thing, and i thought raven and SY were quite funny. You need to lighten up a little enjoy life!

    September 27, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Migaloo isn't his name; it's Fred.
    He told me.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours


      September 27, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Ignatowski from Taxi

      Migaloo is his slave name.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malarky

      But...but....he's w h i t e!

      September 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ronvan

    How many want to bet that some country, won't name them, will kill it and sell the meat for millions?

    September 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |