At this point you might be asking "what is a Migaloo?" Migaloo is the world's only confirmed albino humpback whale.
What is it with white whales and their intoxicating elusiveness? Wherever there are white whales, there always seem to be obsessed dudes pursuing them. Such is the case of Migaloo, whose movements are tracked on Facebook pages and Twitter accounts by adoring fans just as devotedly as the scientists trying to track him at see. On August 10, a very white whale was spotted off the Gold Coast of Australia. "It is Migaloo," said one of his most avid trackers, chief scientist and executive director of the Pacific Whale Foundation Greg Kaufman. "It is a perfect match, based on the lateral body shots and the dorsal fin," he told Mashable.
Other scientists caution that this might just be a very pale whale. Specifically, it might be Migaloo, Jr, a smaller and younger whale who may or may not be related to Migaloo and who is probably not a true albino, due to a small but growing dark spot on his tail.
That's according to Trevor Long, director of marine science at Sea World, and Oskar Peterson of the White Whale Research Center (not to mention the official Migaloo Twitter). They say Migaloo should be 13 to 14 meters long, whereas this one is roughly 9 to 10 meters, according to their analysis of the photograph.
Kaufman says that people often overestimate Migaloo's size because of his mythic status (13 to 14 meters is indeed smaller than the average humpback), and that once a DNA sample he sent in last month is analyzed, he'll be vindicated. Meanwhile, you can track all potential Migaloo, Migaloo Jr, and white whale sightings on the @Migaloo1 Twitter account.