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Rare white whale sighted off Sardinian coast

An extremely rare albino sperm whale has been spotted by tourists and researchers on a whale-watching excursion in the Caprera Canyon area off Sardinia’s northeastern coast.

Off the coast of Sardinia.
Off the coast of Sardinia. Image by butforthesky.com / CC BY 2.0

The whale, which surfaced for 15 minutes, has been named Moby Dick by researchers, after the white whale in Herman Melville’s famous novel. It’s the first white whale sighting in the Mediterranean since  one was spotted off Sardinia’s Tavolara Island nine years ago. Northeastern Sardinia is a hot spot for whale watching, inhabited by eight different cetacean species. Read more: ansa.it