November 16, 2012

The real-life Moby Dick: Incredibly rare WHITE humpback whale spotted off coast of Norway

While the chance to gaze upon a pod of majestic humpback whales swimming wild and free would certainly be enough to stir delight in any nature-loving seafarer, spotting Moby Dick's doppelgänger is another thing altogether.

Recently, while sailing off the coast of Norway, British maritime engineer Dan Fisher caught a glimpse of one of the ocean's rarest creations -- an all-white humpback whale. Lucky for the rest of us, Dan was able to scramble up his boat's mast and snap some photos of the animal before it disappeared again into the deep.

Dan took the opportunity to give the special creature a name: Willow the Whale.

"Everyone I have told about it hasn't believed me until I show them the pictures," Dan told The Daily Mail. "It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime spot. I saw a lot of humpback whales this year but nothing as spectacular as this one."

Experts say that Willow likely has a condition, similar to albanism, that causes a lack of pigmentation in the skin of animals. It is believed that only two other humpbacks have been observed in the wild with such a distinctive all-white appearance.
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Responses to "Extremely Rare White Humpback Whale Spotted Near Norway (Photos-Video) "

  1. kadi says:

    That's one beautiful, & amazing Humpback. I pray no one trys to murder him/her. Live a long happy life sweet one.

  2. Gale says:

    Not exactly a dopelganger since Moby Dick is a sperm whale. I think the other two white whales you refer to are being seen off Australia, if I remember correctly one is known to be an adult (possibly male) and the second was seen as a calf, so is still a youngster.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful link to the original sighting!! The whale community is abuzz about it. Many North Atlantic whales are headed towards one of the breeding grounds ... banks called Silver, Navidad and Mochior... north of the Dominican Republic and there are boats there to greet them. Maybe Willow will show up there?

    It looks like an adult... interesting it hasn't been spotted previously.

    Kadi said it beautifully:"I pray no one trys to murder him/her. Live a long happy life sweet one."

  3. Gale says:

    I am a volunteer helping Allied whale's study of humpbacks, they hold the catalog for North Atlantic Humpbacks. Individuals can be identified by the patterns of white and black on the underside of the whales fluke. The amazing thing about this white whale is its fluke is black and white even though it is totally white everywhere else.... as if it wanted to make doubly sure we would i.d. it..... as if being white weren't enough!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    well with the japanese & is it norway or finland that are killing whales too you know this beautiful specimen has a target on his back.... this beauty needs to have a tracking device put on it to try to keep it safe

  5. Anonymous says:

    just like the one "down under" great!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    thank you so much for sharing this rare look at the Albino Whale. There is also another white whale seen off the coasts of Australia. Australians have called her Ningaloo. love the photos and video.

  7. Anonymous says:

    WOW< that was SO COOL, he/she is GORGEOUS - Thanks so much for sharing, that had to be "one of the thrills of a lifetime." Wish I had been there with you, precious moments for certain. God Bless this beautiful creature, and you for sharing your pics. :) Happy Thanksgiving - you definately made my heart smile this morning. :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    No, it's not norway.. it's the danish in greenland who are killing whales

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