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Australia's Favorite Rare White Humpback Spotted Off New South Wales Coast

Migaloo, is a completely all-white humpback whale and is said to be the very first completely white humpback whale. Scientists are still unsure if Migaloo is albino or leucistic, which means he is unable to "produce pigment but has colored eyes."

The name Migaloo itself means "whitefella" in a few indigenous languages. 

Migaloo was first spotted in 1991, around Hervey Bay and has been monitored by scientists ever since. Due to Migaloo being too well-known and so rare, special protections have been implemented to ensure nothing happens to Australia's favorite humpback. Whale watchers have to keep at least a five-hundred meter distance or face the penalty. A penalty of a fine up to $16,500.

Yikes. They aren't messing around and honestly, that's a great thing. 

A tweet predicted a Migaloo sighting that he would be by Sydney soon and even possibly reach Cape Byron around Wednesday. 

If you're in Australia, be on the lookout for the rare sighting! Though, Dr. Pirotta, Macquarie University Marine Scientist, says, "Migaloo is one of around 40,000 humpback whales so essentially it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. So when people see or may have seen this individual people get really excited and start to try and predict his movements."

"Migaloo is like the rock star for the ocean world because he's showing that we should care about the ocean. But also remembering that because he's so famous we need to be aware of our actions on the water," Dr. Pirotta added.

Seems like Australia reigns up top when it comes to rare sea life

Story via DailyMail

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Under The Sea Beauties (Gifs)

There's so much beauty under the sea. These creatures swim with just grace and can be so mesmerizingly colorful! 

Sure, it's slightly terrifying and there's so much unknown about the world below but that makes it all the more exciting! 

Let's take a quick dive and explore some of the treasures the deep blue has to offer! 

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Ingenious Shark Comics Are Flipping Fin-tastic

Created by the brilliant Christian Talbot and illustrated by the talented Sophie Hodge, "The Life of Sharks" is the best sea-life comic we've come across!  

Seriously. Not only are these comics really funny, but a lot of them are relevant to events happening in this day and age and done in such a clever and fantastic way. 

And for all the hardcore shark fans out there -- there's an online shop with hilarious shirts and mugs! 



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This is an incredible video where Pall Sigurdsson, and others, spent an entire dive (and most of their air supply) saving an octopus who decided to make a home within a plastic cup, which was bound to result in a cruel fate. 

Thankfully, their dive wasn't a waste as they were able to find a suitable and saver living situation for the little octopus! 

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Hundreds Of Whale Sightings Reported Of The Coast Off NYC Due To Cleaner Waters

Finally some good news! In 2010 there were a total of 5 whale sightings off the coast of NYC. That's right, five. Last year, the number of whales spotted was a staggering 272! That is a 540% increase in just 8 years! And almost all of the whales spotted have been humpbacks! This is such a wonderful triumph. And we have environmental policies such as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act to thank for that. 

Paul Sieswerda, once a curator at the New York Aquarium for over 20 years before starting Gotham Whale, says lessening the pollution in the Hudson River has also played a large part in this whale restoration. According to Pew Charitable Trust's Mid-Atlantic Conservation Project, the most important fish in the sea is the fish Menhaden - due to how many other sea animals eat them (including the humpback whale). And the Menhaden are attracted to tiny green algae, which the cleaner water at the Hudson river was able to provide. 

Sieswerda had this to say about the majestic giants of the sea, "The sheer size alone is incredible. They're like buses, and to think that's a living animal and to think that has the power and grace to completely jump out of the water when they breach is a spectacle that I think is unique to the animal kingdom."

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35 Exquisitely Stunning And Unique Sea Slugs Images That Will Mesmerize You

Wow! Who else has the urge to go diving and see these exquisite sea critters in person? Did you know that there are more than 3000 known species of sea slugs (Nudibranch)? And each one is so colorful and unique, it was hard to limit it to just 35 images! 

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"You Eat What They Eat" Is a Powerful Campaign Aimed At Conserving Marine Wildlife

New Stunning Print Advertisement Created By Ogilvy Germany for the Sea Shepherd organization. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization established in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson, a world renowned, respected leader in environmental issues and co-founder of Greenpeace. Its mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and act when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.

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