Superstar Albino Whale Migaloo Makes Rare Appearance in Queensland

Albino Whale Migaloo Spotted in Queensland
Migaloo the albino humpback whale
Lisa Skelton

updated 06/23/2014 at 09:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/23/2014 10:50AM

It's like spotting the J.D. Salinger of the whale world.

Friday, whale-cruise operators near Australia's Port Stephens were alerted to the fact that elusive albino humpback whale Migaloo was in the area, sending whale watchers on a merry chase as he joined other migrating humpbacks heading towards Queensland.

Migaloo is the only documented albino humpback whale in the world – he's even afforded special legal protection because he's so rare. Janene Rees from Moonshadow Cruises says Migaloo (whose name means "white fella") tends to travel alone or with a select group – he's been visiting area waters for a few decades.

Lisa Skelton of Imagine Cruises took the above picture of Migaloo mid-breach. Majestic, no?



Just don't tell Australian photographer Ray Alley, who has been tracking Migaloo for 14 years in hopes of a rare photo op like this. Luckily, he caught the rare moment as well. Alley told the Daily Mail, "Mate, I can go to the grave happy now, this is the holy grail for me."

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