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And its name wasn't Moby Dick.

Erika Owen
July 26, 2016

Alison Reid, from Byron Bay, Australia, was beyond tickled when she spotted Migaloo, a famous white humpback whale, on a whale watching trip on Tuesday.

She had been waiting 20 years to see a white whale in person. Her exact words, according to ABC: “I cried. I screamed, ‘You gorgeous whale, thank you for being here with us today!’”

The whale was spotted off of the eastern coast of Australia. If you're wondering what all of the hype is about, check out this video from a fellow whale watcher displaying a close encounter in 2014:

The whale is highly sought after, especially along the Australian coast during the whale's annual migration.

Rumor has it that Migaloo has a son—another rare white whale who is the topic of many whale watching conversations.

Want to see Migaloo and his son for yourself? The annual southern humpback whale migration takes place between September and November. Just another reason to visit Australia.

Erika Owen is the Senior Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

 

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