Migaloo, the only documented white humpback whale in the world, has been spotted off the coast of Australia on his annual migration. Unlike Moby Dick, Migaloo isn’t a sperm whale and doesn’t have a deranged sea captain chasing him. Instead, Migaloo is a celebrity whale with his own website and Facebook. The Australian government has enacted special laws to protect him and to keep the paparrazzi at a distance.
Migaloo, which means “white fella” in an indigenous Australian language, doesn’t have Ahab following him, but he is threatened by the possible resumption of hunting by Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.