Incredible snaps show rare ghostly looking white whale
These incredible snaps showing a rare ghostly looking white whale will blow your mind.
The massive mammal is so pale he seems almost ethereal – but the humpback whale is actually a rare albino.
Nicknamed Migaloo, he was seen off the coast of Byron Bay, in New South Wales – and although he is Australia’s most well-known humpback whale, he is rarely spotted.
But one lucky photographer managed to capture the ghostly whale on camera, as the humpback migration headed north to warmer waters – in what might be the only underwater pictures ever taken of the famous whale.
Photographer Craig Parry, 37, said: “Migaloo is special and unique because he is the only albino humpback in Australia.
“I found Migaloo after tracking his travels up the east coast of Australia with a mapping programme – when I realised he was passing my home town of Byron Bay I felt pure excitement with a big hit of adrenalin.
“Words couldn’t really describe how I felt after capturing these once-in-a-lifetime images, but all I can say is it made me feel more connected to the ocean.
“When my friends on the boat saw my images, their reaction was priceless – it was like I had just won the lottery, there were lots of hugs and high fives.
“It’s rare to see Migaloo – he doesn’t travel north most years, but instead stops before New Zealand and then heads back to Antarctica to feed.
“I’m pretty sure these are the first underwater images of him in the world.
“I love photographing whales because of their sheer size and unpredictable behaviour – when I look a whale in the eye I feel there is some kind of connection taking place.”