MAR 21, 2016 11:08 PM PDT

Rare Albino Gray Whale Spotted Again for First Time in Years

Here’s something you don’t see every day: an albino gray whale. One known to the region around Mexico as “Gallon of Milk” was recently spotted by Mexico’s Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and was caught on video.
 

An albino gray whale known as 'Gallon of Milk' was spotted with her calf for the first time in many years.


The gray whale, which was given the name the first time it was spotted in 2008, as The Telegraph reports, so it’s kind of a refreshing sight for those who got to witness it. What’s more is the whale was accompanied by a little calf, which is thought to be the albino mother’s offspring.
 
Although albino creatures are rare as they are, but gray whales aren’t particularly easy to come by themselves. So when you put the two together, what you end up with is a very rare creature.
 
Albino animals are white in color because they lack enough of a pigment in their skin known as melanin. This makes them particularly vulnerable to predators, as well as the Sun, and makes life a lot harder for creatures who suffer from the disorder.
 
Because the gray whale species isn’t very prolific, CONANP is closely monitoring the area, and has been doing so for two decades to keep a close number on the species. The goal is to sustain the species without allowing the numbers to get too low. Recent head counts put the species in the 2,200’s range; half of which are calves.
 
The footage of Gallon of Milk and her calf swimming in the Pacific Ocean was shared on Twitter by CONANP earlier this month, and can be seen below:
 

 


Source: The Telegraph

 

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
AUG 24, 2018
Earth & The Environment
AUG 24, 2018
What's the deal with Florida's red tide?
Have you ever seen a red tide? If you live in Florida near the coast, it’s unlikely that you’ve been able to avoid them. But do you really unde...
AUG 27, 2018
Videos
AUG 27, 2018
Bizarre Diets of Some Animals
Some animals have bizarre diets that are not usually thought of. For example, some species of crocodiles eat a huge range of fruit, nuts, seeds and other p...
SEP 18, 2018
Plants & Animals
SEP 18, 2018
Study Investigates Why People Like Bees and Dislike Wasps
Bees and wasps share a lot in common; the clear majority of both sport the familiar black and yellow color scheme, retain unpleasant stingers for self-defe...
SEP 28, 2018
Genetics & Genomics
SEP 28, 2018
How Genes Changed in Domesticated Foxes
Over fifty years ago, scientists in Russia began to selectively breed silver foxes to replicate domestication....
OCT 03, 2018
Genetics & Genomics
OCT 03, 2018
Groundcherries May be Coming Soon to a Market Near You
You may not have heard of the groundcherry, but scientists are eager to get people to try the newly-modified exotic fruit....
OCT 16, 2018
Earth & The Environment
OCT 16, 2018
Will the EPA let oil companies dump wastewater into our rivers?
The Environmental Protection Agency is currently in considering allowing oil companies to dump wastewater into rivers and streams that many people and anim...
Loading Comments...