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Baby white whale visits Sydney

embraceaustraliaadmin | Sunday, October 16th, 2011 at 10:20 am

Albino whale

Mini Migaloo with mum, off Bondi Beach

A very rare (and very cute) white humpback whale calf has turned up off the Sydney coast, delighting onlookers with splashes, leaps and all manner of cetacean high-jinks.

Last weekend, as the spring weather warmed towards a beach-friendly 23 degrees, hundreds of very lucky beachgoers gathered to watch the alabaster youngster frolicking just off the beach with its mother.

Australia’s most famous white whale is a male albino humpback, Migaloo (from an Aboriginal word for ‘white fella’), who has been spotted up and down the East coast for many years.

This diminutive version, nicknamed Mini Migaloo, is ‘highly likely’ to be one of his offspring, though this can’t be confirmed without apprehending the youngster for DNA testing. The albino gene doesn’t usually pass to the next generation, so the calf is a very rare find.

The baby is estimated at between two and five months old and is lively, healthy and playful. He (or she) has been attracting delighted onlookers since first being spotted up on the Great Barrier Reef a few weeks ago and has been heading south ever since. But he’s yet to catch up with Dad, who was recently spotted swimming south past Eden near the Victoria border, about a week ahead of the little ‘un. All Australia’s humpbacks are currently en route to their Antarctic feeding grounds for the Antipodean summer.

So if you’re anywhere on the coast south of Sydney at the moment, keep an eye out for a flash of white and a splash – and say hello to Mini Migaloo for us.

• Whale watching trips are currently operating around Jervis Bay and the NSW south coast . The whale migration continues until November and then they’ll start to return around April next year, giving you another chance to see how Migaloo and the bub are both doing.

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