Whale watchers taking a tour of the waters off Australia's Gold Coast on Monday caught an eyeful of something so rare in nature it might actually make their vacation slideshow presentations interesting.
They caught a peek of an albino humpback whale, the Associated Press reported, one of what is believed to be but a handful thought to be existence.
Experts told the news agency that the whale was making its annual migration from Antarctica to waters in the north where temperatures are much higher. Witnesses also reported seeing the whale near Hastings Point in the northern part of North South Wales on Sunday.
The whale is believed to be the son of another famous albino humpback whale named Migaloo, who is much bigger and has a slightly yellowish tint to his skin. According to National Geographic, there are only three known albino humpback whales in existence, including Migaloo and "Migaloo Junior" or "Son of Migaloo."
The third has black spots on its tail but doesn't appear to have a name yet. I would suggest "Al," but that sounds too on the nose.
Migaloo's son was first spotted off Australia's coast in 2011 when he was just a calf. Until then, Migaloo was believed to be the only albino humpback whale on Earth. The third albino humpback whale was spotted in 2012 also off Australia's Gold Coast, according to the White Whale Research Centre in Queensland, Australia.
The AP also captured footage of this most recent albino humpback whale sighting and posted the raw video of the whale swimming and frolicking in the water on its YouTube channel. Isn't the Internet a beautiful thing? You can see the most beautiful, majestic sights in nature right from the comfort of your own home without having to worry about getting sprayed with albino whale snot.