Saturday, 29 June 2013

Two Rare Albino Humpback Whales Spotted on Yearly Migration

A famous albino humpback whale was reportedly spotted with a similarly rare all-white companion off the coast of Australia. The two whales are heading north as part of an annual migration that can bring up to 15,000 humpback whales to the Great Barrier Reef for their mating season.

The albino male, named Migaloo (an Aboriginal word that translates to "white fella"), was previously the world's only documented white humpback whale, and scientists are now hoping to conduct DNA tests to determine if the two whales are related, reported the Herald Sun.

Migaloo was first seen in 1991 near Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland, and was estimated to be about 4 years old at the time, according to the Herald Sun. The 46-foot-long (14 meters) albino whale is believed to have at least one all-white offspring, after photographs of a white humpback calf emerged in 2011.

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