by Cynthia on 27/09/12 at 10:47 am
We’ve seen considerable excitement boiling up over recent Migaloo sightings. What is Migaloo, you ask? Migaloo is a the only known ALBINO humpback whale in existence! First spotted in 1991 at 3-5 years of age, Migaloo is often spotted cruising up and down the east coast of Australia. His name means “white fella” in Australia’s aboriginal language. Due to his celebrity status, there are environmental protective orders that compel all boats to keep a safe distance so as not to distress him with constant tourist attention. Click here to learn more about Migaloo.
It turns out that there is also an albino Orca (Killer Whale) named Iceberg. To be fair, Orcas are not whales. They are actually the largest dolphin and relatively small compared to a Humpback, so it’s not quite up to Migaloo much less Moby-Dick standards, but the stylish shark-like dorsal fin makes Iceberg one bad-ass aquatic mammal. He stands out in a crowd, or a pod, as it were.
Photograph courtesy E. Lazareva, Far East Russia Orca Project.
Iceberg the orca on his own. Photograph courtesy E. Lazareva, Far East Russia Orca Project.