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QUEENSLAND, Australia — Whale watchers spotted a rare, white whale off the coast of Australia on Monday morning, according to Mashable.

Whale watchers are hoping it was Australia’s famous whale named Migaloo.

Migaloo was first spotted off of Byron Bay in 1991. He’s famous because he is the world’s first known humpback whale, according to Mashable.

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is still working to determine whether the whale was in fact Migaloo.

Oskar Peterson, who runs a Twitter account dedicated to raising awareness about Migaloo, told Mashable he believes more photos are needed to confirm that this is the same whale.

“The photos coming in are inconclusive,” Peterson told Mashable. “He seems to be very shining white while last year he had yellow colouring markings on him.”

Peterson said Migaloo makes the same 5,000-mile journey each year. According to Migaloo’s typical route, Peterson said he should have passed through Queensland in late June.

Instead, Peterson said this may be Migaloo’s offspring, an all-white calf that was first spotted in 2011.

According to reports, there are at least three other white whales off the coast of Australia.