The world's favourite white whale, Migaloo, is back in the Australian waters sooner than expected.
Photos have surfaced of the white whale splashing in the waters off Victoria State's south coast, sending Migaloo fans into a frenzy.
However, Macquarie University marine scientist, Dr Vanessa Pirotta, stated that; "We're not 100 per cent sure. But it could well be him because he is part of the east population that generally migrate this time of year."
Dr Pirotta pointed out that he has been known to migrate off the coast of New Zealand too.
She also said that "Apparently there's more than one white whale out there, we definitely know there are humpback whales with lots of white colour, but not fully white."
Since Migaloo was initially sighted in 1991, it has been seen on and off in the Australian waters ever since.
"If you see him in real life, he illuminates the water around him, and as he swims, he turns it turquoise. Because he's so different, people just want to learn more about him. He's very social and is often seen with his friend, Milo," continued Dr Pirotta.
The stunning white whale was given the name 'Migaloo', which means 'whitefella' in several indigenous languages. He is one of the thousands of humpback whales that migrate from the cold waters of the Antarctic to the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef every year.
Humpbacks are usually spotted between May and November. However, this year, their visit to New South Wales and Victoria came much earlier than expected.
Pirotta said a whale that could be Migaloo was spotted off Cape Schanck in Victoria on April 9. "Migaloo is a whale rock star. We all want to know about Migaloo. Most of the whales we see in this population are a very dark colour, and there are around 40,000 or so on the east coast.
"To see a white whale, it's just amazing."