A rare white humpback whale has been spotted on the coast of Australia, sending the internet into a full-blown frenzy.
But it seems there's more than meets the eye, as this whale is already very famous. Keep scrolling for this incredible story and to take a look at the breathtaking snaps...
It's no secret that hundreds of thousands of whales are killed every year at the hands of us humans...
via: GettyAnd this is a problem that doesn't seem to be getting resolved.
Over a thousand different species of whale are killed by humans every year.
via: GettyWhether that is from whale hunting, pollution, or being caught in fishing nets... too many whales are being killed thanks to us.
It is truly devastating to see the numbers of these beautiful creatures fall further and further...
Is this you? If so, did you know that fishing doesn’t just kill fish, but the plastic pollution from fishing gear k… https://t.co/WWsvG8V3W1— PETA (@PETA)1579968242.0
There are many whale hotspots around the world...
via: GettyAnd Australia is one of these places.
Australia is a country that is not only rich in wildlife...
via: GettyBut it is also rich in tourism.
Due to the vast amount of tourists who flock to Australian beaches every year...
via: GettyOfficials have had no choice but to act on the number of shark attacks that were taking place in their waters.
Shark nets are now stationed in several different parts of Australia...
via: GettyAnd while officials have claimed that this protects tourists from sharks, animal activists have stated otherwise.
Shark nets are responsible for thousands of sealife deaths every year.According to the Sealife Trust, over 15,000 animals have been killed by these nets in New South Wales – this includes about 100 species such as endangered turtles, dolphins, dugongs, seabirds, harmless sharks and rays.
There are eco-friendly ways to keep sharks away from the shores...
Please spare 2 minutes to cast a FREE vote for marine life. Click here: https://t.co/6BUkcfDD1I Since 2001, lethal… https://t.co/JNZFaIKCyQ— ActionforDolphins (@ActionforDolphins)1562576521.0
Sadly, so many whales, among other species, get trapped in these nets.
via: Getty ImagesIt's a heartbreaking reality.
But this week, there's been some positive news...A rare white humpback whale has been spotted, and it's sparked a lot of interest among whale watchers.
The sighting it believed to be of Australia's favorite whale, named Migaloo.
Its that time of year again when we are all looking out for #Migaloo. The White Whale Research Centre is now coll… https://t.co/npgf1A0itU— Migaloo the Whale (@Migaloo the Whale)1559358031.0
He was first spotted in 1991 around Hervey Bay...
@Migaloo1 @annadelconte I love seeing Migaloo.— Anna (@Anna)1592224844.0
Researchers were fascinated by Migaloo's coloring.
Amazing News as the recent sighting of a white whale of #PortDouglas last week by Annabelle onboard Wavelength crui… https://t.co/G3B4QD9nQn— Migaloo the Whale (@Migaloo the Whale)1562469742.0
Scientists still haven't determined exactly what caused him to be white...
@Migaloo1 I’m going whale watching off Nelson Bay today. Let’s hope Migaloo comes past at the same time— Jen Miller (@Jen Miller)1592256420.0
Migaloo is so well-known that special protections have been implemented.
@Migaloo1 Migaloo is on his way !! 😍— Chari Larsson (@Chari Larsson)1592262997.0
And when we say "severe," we really aren't joking...Anyone who breaches the regulations can be hit with a hefty fine of $16,500.
Of course, the recent sighting has reignited excitement among marine enthusiasts.
via: Getty ImagesThe tweet reporting the sighting predicted he would be "cruising past" Sydney soon, and could reach Cape Byron around Wednesday.
Macquarie University Marine Scientist Dr. Vanessa Pirotta says it's tough to identify him from the shore, however.
Rare footage of Migaloo, the famous albino humpback whale, captured off the coast of Australia.🐋 Credit: greenisla… https://t.co/3jSp9apvbc— Shakthi Vadakkepat (@Shakthi Vadakkepat)1592356021.0
"You would have to be quite lucky. I've only seen him once in my entire career of whale watching," she added.
Breaking News: A white whale possibly #Migaloo has been sighted along the NSW South Coast heading north. Estimated… https://t.co/XWvxsf87Tj— Migaloo the Whale (@Migaloo the Whale)1592201161.0