Rare mostly white whale ‘Oreo’ sighted off Gold Coastjuillet 1, 2020
Guests onboard Sea World Cruises were treated to the extremely rare sight off Main Beach yesterday afternoon.
More than 90 per cent white, catching a glimpse of a whale like this is a once in a lifetime experience even for the experts onboard sea world cruises.
“It was very exciting and although it wasn’t albino like Migaloo, it is pretty rare to see a whale like this on the water,” Seaworld Cruises Marine Biologist Alana Johnston said.
The whale is named Oreo after her distinct colouring.
She was also flanked by four humpback males who were all vying for her attention.
“This is what the whales are here to do, they make their way north up to the Great Barrier Reef to mate and give birth,” Ms Johnston said.
The whales are extremely rare and therefore protected, so recreational boaties must keep at least 500 metres away.
Operators say this year has been an “incredible season” for spectators.
Sea World Cruises have been so busy they have increased services from three to nine a day.