Featured Image Credit: Craig Parry/Carters News Agency
By now, everyone knows Australia’s favorite (and only) white whale. The albino humpback whale has been seen splashing down under since 1991. Migaloo was named by the elders of the aboriginal collective and his name means “white fella,” which we think is perfectly fitting for the majestic mammal.
The ghost whale may be famous but he is elusive and extremely hard to capture on camera. Recently, Craig Parry has been following Migaloo’s migration and travels up the east coast. The humpback tends to stay around New Zealand, avoiding the north for years at a time, and feeds in the icy waters of the Antarctic.
The 37-year old photographer and his team of friends felt like they hit the “lottery” when they were presented with a rather rare opportunity. It turns out that Migaloo decided to make a pit stop in Parry’s home town of Byron Bay, so he and his crew headed out with their cameras ready.
Craig took the first pictures of Migaloo underwater EVER, and he got to dive with the incredibly ethereal animal. What a day! The Aussie made a humbling comment about his experience , “Words couldn’t really describe how I felt after capturing these once-in-a-lifetime images, but all I can say is it made me feel more connected to the ocean.”
Check out more of the awe-inspiring photos of the eerily white whale here.