Albino Whale Calf Spotted From Above

posted: 10/23/15
by: Discovery.com Staff

A drone hovering over Australian waters has captured stunning footage of a rare partial albino southern right whale calf and its mother:

The footage was captured near Point Ann in Fitzgerald River National Park. According to the Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW), "Southern right whales annually congregate in the shallow bays of the park's coastline from June - October when they give birth, nurse their young and socialise, before migrating back to Antarctic waters for summer feeding."

In an interview, a DPAW official told The Daily Mail that the other two whales are likely males looking to mate with the calf's mother.

The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) is a social creature known to regularly interact with humans. Found throughout the southern hemisphere, the whale can grow to be approximately 50 feet long.

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Southern right whale populations plummeted from approximately 60,000 to a low of 7,000 in 1997; the species has been slowly recovering in recent years. The animal is protected under Appendix I of the CITES treaty and the Endangered Species Act.


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