A young person saw a rare white whale off the coast of northern New South Wales.
The sighting makes it more likely that the well-known white whale Migaloo has given birth.
On Thursday, Brayden Blake, who is 16 years old, took a video of a white humpback whale swimming about 500 meters off the coast of Coolangatta, AU, near Fingal Head.
The famous whale Migaloo, whose name comes from an Aboriginal word for “white fella,” usually moves north along Australia’s east coast at this time of year.
Scientists are hoping that the whale is the baby of the famous humpback whale, which hasn’t been seen yet this season.
A 16-year-old used his drone to take a picture of a white humpback whale playing with a group of whales along the east coast.
Dr. Wally Franklin, a marine expert, thinks it might be a second white albino whale in the family of whales that live in eastern Australia. This is “extremely rare,” he says.
“This is the first time I’ve been able to say that the white whale I’m looking at might not be Migaloo.”
“It’s still early in the season, so the time of the sighting fits with it being a young whale,” said Dr. Franklin, who also knows the beloved whale by the knobs on his dorsal fin.
If this is a different whale or the loved whale’s child, Migaloo is likely to show up at the end of June or the beginning of July.
Researchers were interested in Migaloo’s (shown) coloring because they thought he was the first fully white humpback whale in the eastern population.
“He has been very consistent with those first sightings, so that could be a good sign that this could be a second white whale, which would be pretty amazing on its own.”
Brayden works for Surf Life Saving NSW and uses drones to keep an eye on sharks. He used his own drone to film the white creature playing with a group of dolphins.
Blake told The Guardian, “I was paddling and surfing with a friend out back when I heard this strange singing or screaming sound.”
He ran home to get his drone and film the humpback’s color, which surprised him.
“I’ve seen humpback whales before, but this one wasn’t at all like the others. He said, “Every time it came back for air, it was white.”
Every year between May and November, humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters off the coast of north-east Australia.
After mating and having babies, they bring their young back to the south.
The whale, thought to be Migaloo, was spotted swimming near Cape Schanck off the state’s south coast on April 9. This sent many of Migaloo’s fans into a frenzy.
Migaloo is one of about 40,000 whales, but because of his unique coloring, he is thought to be very special.
Migaloo was first seen in Hervey Bay in 1991, and since then, scientists have been keeping an eye on the species.
Researchers were interested in Migaloo because he was thought to be the first humpback whale in the eastern population to be all white.