A humpback whale whose skin is white as porcelain, was spotted off the coast of eastern Australia from some amateur enthusiasts who believe that they have discovered Migaloo, one of the rarest species of white whale, reports Le Figaro.
Rare Migaloo the Whale
Cetacean was spotted offshore in Byron Bay, while traveling north on annual migration between Antarctica and warmer waters of Queensland, in northeastern Australia. "I cried with happiness when I saw the magnificent whale, I was pleased that we can there to sight." He told Australian radio man Alison Reid, who participate in an expedition designed to locate cetaceans. "It was miraculous, looks fantastic, unreal." Added Reid.
Humpback whales are in this middle period in their annual migration from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Queensland (state in northeastern Australia), where they are to mate and give birth to cubs.
A study conducted in 2003 by Southern Cross University in New South Wales concluded that Migaloo is a male and have now aged between 28 and 30 years. Humpback whales have a life expectancy of about 80 years.
"It's the only white whale in the Southern Hemisphere we know," said in the past, Oskar Peterson, who coordinates the White Whale Research Centre, based in Australia.În 2011 a young white whale probably old just a few weeks, was seen near the Whitsunday Islands, off the coast of Queensland state, but the chick has not been seen since. "We do not know if he survived," added Oskar Peterson.
Endangered population of humpback whales that swim off the coast of eastern Australia has increased considerably since the prohibition of whaling in the early 60s .The animal seems to be really whale Migaloo - an Aboriginal word meaning "white friend" - observed for the first time in 1991 and whose appearances are tracked blown thousand passionate about marine life.
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