Humpback whales are on the move along Australia’s east coast from June to November each year, swimming, breaching and tail slapping their way up to the Great Barrier Reef to escape the southern winter chill and find a warm, sheltered spot to expand their family. While all of these majestic creatures are awe-inspiring to see, one in particular makes quite a splash – Migaloo the white humpback.
White humpback whales
A purely white humpback whale does not have melanin pigments in its skin. A unique combination of genes from the parent whales are needed to produce white offspring, making them incredibly rare.
One of the most famous of these on the Great Barrier Reef is Migaloo (the aboriginal word for ‘white fella’), one of the few known white humpback whales in the world.
Right now the majestic Migaloo is on his way north to the Reef, having been spotted off Queensland’s Gold Coast on 11 July.