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Rare white whale spotted off Aussie coast

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Whale watchers off the coast of Port Macquarie were treated to a display by the rare white whale Migaloo over the weekend.

Migaloo is thought to be one of the only all white Humpback whales in the world.

The skipper of the Port Based Adventure Cruises John Fowler says it is the first time in 11 years of doing whale watch tours that he’s seen Migaloo up close.

He says it was a fantastic experience.

“We started in 2003 and since then we’ve been running well over 10,000 trips and I’ve never seen Migaloo yet,” he said.

“From 500 metres you could see quite clearly it was Migaloo the white whale.

“It was raising its back up quite well out of the water as Humpbacks do.

“It did about half a dozen tail slaps on its tummy and then it rolled upside down and gave us another show with half a dozen tail slaps lying on its back.

“It was a beautiful experience.”

Mr Fowler said he got a clear alert on Saturday that it was in the area.

“There was a lot of reports that he was coming past Sydney, Port Stephens, Crowdy Bay,” he said.

“Everyone knew he was going to be here at that time and National Parks were on the headland at Tacking Point lighthouse as well to advise people that he was just about to arrive.”

Watch a video of Migaloo here:

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