Biologists captured rare footage of an albino whale
Marine biologists from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) have captured footage of a rare albino gray whale off Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The giant creature was seen in all its glory while specialists were conducting an annual whale census on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The white whale belongs to the gray whale species, or Eschrichtius robustus, which has been given the nickname Gallon of Milk.
First observed in 2009, the albino gray whale is one of the rarest creatures in the world. The sea mammal’s bright white color is given by its lack of melanin, also making it extremely special. While albinism is often encountered in land or flying animals, the mutation is one of the rarest for sea creatures.
The gray whale is a highly endangered species. Intensive whaling drastically reduced their numbers over the last three to four centuries. In the Western North Pacific only as few as 150 individuals remain.