The Pacific Whale Foundation has been following reported sightings of Migaloo, which means "White Fella" in the Aborginal Australian language. The name was coined by the Vice President of the foundation, Paul Forestell, based on advice from an Aboriginal elder.

Migaloo is the only known all-white humpback whale and he travels up and down the east coast of Australia. He has became quite famous with the local media and tourists. Migaloo was first sighted in 1991, and was believed to be three to five years old at that time. In 2004, Migaloo was shown to be male through analysis of sloughed skin samples.

Because of the intense interest, environmentalists feared he was becoming quite stressed by the number of boats following him around each day. In response to their concerns, the Queensland and New South Wales governments introduce legislation each year to create a 500-m (1600-ft) exclusion zone around the whale to keep him protected.

Unfortunately recent closeup pictures have shown Migaloo to have skin cancer and/or skin cysts as a result of his lack of protection from the sun due to his white coloration. This is actually quite common with white or albino animals which is one reason why they are so rare in nature.

Watch the video below to see a rare and special encounter with Migaloo as he approached a small boat to make his presence known.


Responses to "An upclose encounter with Migaloo, the only white humpback whale in the world. (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    thankyou that was beautiful to watch. sad to learn he has skin cancer. x

  3. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful and free

  4. Anonymous says:

    that was amazing! Lucky you!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing! Totally awesome!

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Amazing !!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful

  9. Anonymous says:

    If ever there was a doubt in anyones mind whether or not there was a God, this amazing creature could only be here if God exsisted. There should not be any more doubts. Thank you for this video and sharing it with everyone.

  10. Anonymous says:

    What a blessing to see...divine grace at it's best!

  11. Anonymous says:

    thank you so much for sharing this with us all... How Majestic... the Earth record keepers are so very special... :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Such beauty to eye witness ...

  13. Unknown says:

    Thank you for sharing this video

  14. deliberate gentleness.. incredible

  15. Anonymous says:

    Words don't express but I can try. The passing of that whale so near is a direct message ...a signpost to say this is now...and everything matters

  16. Unknown says:

    Wonderful. And so good to know that this magnificent creature is being protected.

  17. Unknown says:

    Awesome, what a special animal he is.

  18. Beautiful!!!

  19. gizmo says:

    Amazing beautiful creature would have loved to been there ❤️��❤️

  20. MAXENCE says:

    Glorious thank you

  21. Amazing! What a beautiful creature and what a privilege to be able to witness this extraordinary encounter. Thanks for posting wo we can all enjoy!

  22. cathy t says:

    what a beautiful white whale, please make sue it is protected

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this incredible encounter and Migaloo was so kind and quiet approaching the boat, really touching moments...

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