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...

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And 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.

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Whether 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...

And even though many countries have now banned whaling, human threats sadly continue to exist.

There are many whale hotspots around the world...

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And Australia is one of these places.

Australia is a country that is not only rich in wildlife...

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But it is also rich in tourism.

Due to the vast amount of tourists who flock to Australian beaches every year...

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Officials 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...

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And 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...

But the use of shark nets is much more cost-affective... which, let's face it, is the only thing that matters in the eyes of those in power.

Sadly, so many whales, among other species, get trapped in these nets.

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It'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.

Migaloo may be one of 40,000 humpback whales, but his coloring makes him very unique.

He was first spotted in 1991 around Hervey Bay...

And scientists have been following his movements ever since.

Researchers were fascinated by Migaloo's coloring.

He is believed to be the first-ever white humpback whale.

Scientists still haven't determined exactly what caused him to be white...

They aren't sure if he's an albino whale or if he is leucistic, meaning he is unable to produce pigment but has colored eyes.

Migaloo is so well-known that special protections have been implemented.

Menaing whale watchers have to keep at least five-hundred meters away or face severe penalties.

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.

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The 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.

"Migaloo is one of around 40,000 humpback whales so essentially it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. So when people see or may have seen this individual people get really excited and start to try and predict his movements," Dr. Pirotta said.

"You would have to be quite lucky. I've only seen him once in my entire career of whale watching," she added.

"But if anything, going down to the ocean at this time of year to look for whales is a fantastic thing. And you never what you're going to see." Amazing!