And unlike the terrifying creature in "Moby Dick," this white whale has been drawing the enthusiastic attention of maritime tourists. CNN reports that the whale, nicknamed "Migaloo" by researchers, is the only known all-white humpback adult in the world today.
Whale watchers have even set up a website to track Migaloo's annual migration.
In July, researchers spotted a nearly all-white humpback that they say may be related to Migaloo.
Peter Harrison, director of marine ecology research at Southern Cross University in Australia, says researchers have been tracking Migaloo since 1991 and believe he is now in his 20s.
"Everyone here is quite excited," Oskar Peterson, who runs a whale tracking website, told CNN. "We see him almost every year now, but it's still front page news when he turns up."
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