Meet Migaloo The Albino Humpback Whale

On September 19, 2013 by Tim Newman

Albino Humpback Whale - Migaloo - Breach

Albino whale – Migaloo – is a majestic white whale. Beautiful photos below.

Albinism is relatively rare; in humans, it effects around 1 in 17,000 people. In nature, it probably impacts the same size of population, but you’re a lot less likely to see albino creatures in the wild because they stick out like a sore thumb and get eaten pretty much immediately.

Albinism (or achromia, achromasia, or achromatosis) is a lack of pigment from the skin. It’s congenital and is caused by a defect in tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in producing melanin, the stuff that makes your skin dark when you tan.

These photos of an albino humpback whale called Migaloo are incredible, I guess a creature of his size hasn’t got any predators to worry about, so he’s just showing off his impressive colour scheme to anyone who’ll look.

Moby Dick was about a white whale, but he was a sperm whale, so it’s probably a different one. Captain Ahab would have probably filled his pants if he’d seen it coming, though.

The following photos were taken off the coast of Queensland, Australia, and he’s considered to be the only white whale in the world. But who knows. He rarely appears, but the last sighting was the 20th September 2017.


Albino Humpback Whale - Migaloo - Back Albino Humpback Whale - Migaloo - Breach 2

Albino Humpback Whale - Migaloo - Breach 3

Animal Collection on LAZERHORSE.ORG

Albino Humpback Whale - Migaloo - Fluke Albino Humpback Whale - Migaloo - Spine

Migaloo - Albino Whale

Albino Humpback Whale - Migaloo - With Dolphin and Mate

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