A staggering number of diverse species live in the seas and oceans, some of which are incredibly odd.
One of these uncommon species is a dolphin that is albino. It was found in the Monterey Bay of California along with his mother and other tribe members.
Blue Ocean Whale Watch employees, who were patrolling the area 3 miles off the coast of Moss Landing, were the first to see the strange dolphin.
He was quickly identified as the Risso dolphin by Department of Animal Protection personnel who arrived at the scene.
He and his mother were first found in 2015. Zoologists were astounded by this fact. since the mother was still there after all these years.
Albinism is as prevalent as it is in people. Albino dolphins, however, don’t change over time as albino whales do. Whales continue to develop their original color after three to four years.
This dolphin is the last albino dolphin left in the Eastern Pacific Ocean as of right now.
One can only speculate as to why Mother Nature gave this species such a unique color after having met such a representative.
Is this a typical mutation of the cells that make melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color, hair, and eyes, or is there another explanation?
These dolphins typically have health issues despite their stunning appearance.
These are typically skin conditions brought on by excessive UV exposure, impaired vision, and occasionally hear.
Predators will target this first if it is not representative of the pod and is not large.
Albinos also have a harder time hunting because they can be seen from a mile away.
However, as the department personnel noted, this dolphin is in perfect health. It appears to be in good health and even quietly hunts squid with its pod-related cousins.