White whales have held a special place in our culture since Herman Melville penned Moby Dick, so imagine the thrill experienced by British maritime engineer Dan Fisher high upon the mast when he spotted the rare specimen off Norway’s Svalbard Archipelago. Actually, we’re pretty amazed he lived to tell the tale.
‘When I spotted the white hump poking out of the water I was miffed as to what it was. But as soon as I realised it was a white whale, I was amazed…”
‘Everyone I have told about it hasn’t believed me until I show them the pictures.
‘It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime spot. I saw a lot of humpback whales this year but nothing as spectacular as this one.’
The crew decided to dub the humpback whale “Willow,” seeing as Moby only seems fit for the angry, sperm variety, and we’re sure this girl’s a lover not a fighter.
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