Rare Albino Hummingbird in Virginia9/28/2011

An extremely rare albino Ruby-Throated Hummingbirdhas been captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Source: http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2011/09/28/rare-albino-hummingbird-i...

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What is an albino?  It is a species which is born all white with little or no pigment on their skin, hair or fur.  Here are some more recent appearances...

 

Albino like Penguin Spotted

January 15, 2012

This blond penguin has Antarctic Scientists puzzled.

Photo Credit: David Stephens/Lindblad Expeditions

Discovery News

This blond, albino-like penguin was spotted at the edge of the South Shetland Islands by tourists and naturalist David Stephens.

They were all aboard the National Geographic Journey to Antarctica. Stephens, of the Lindblad Expeditions cruise company, which is running the cruise, wrote on his blog:

“Despite colorful variation in facial patterns, all penguins are decked in the standard black and white pattern. This is no accident. Counter-shading camouflage is so necessary to diving birds that all are fundamentally alike. But to our astonishment we found an exception. At the water’s edge stood a leucistic Chinstrap. This bird was whitish, but not quite an albino. Instead, it had pigmented eyes and a washed-out version of a Chinstrap’s normal pattern. Many wondered about this unusual bird’s chances of success. While odd coloration may make fishing a bit more difficult, leucistic birds are regularly found breeding normally.”

The leucistic penguins have a reduced level of pigmentation but still have pigmented eyes, according to National Geographic.

Penguins’ countershaded dark and white colors camouflage them from above from predators. Stephens wrote on his blog, “Many wondered about this unusual bird’s chances of success. While odd coloration may make fishing a bit more difficult, leucistic birds are regularly found breeding normally.”

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These Penguins regularly breed as any normal penguin do,  but why make a story out of it if not a big deal? 

 

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The White buffalo is an American bison (American buffalo) that is considered to be sacred signs in several Native American religions,   SOURCE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_buffalo

 

More info at this link source on Legends of Native American Indians

More info here at this blog: http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/ancient-indian-art-history...

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An albino snail?

Rare Albino Snail Discovered in New Zealand

SOURCE: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/rare-albino-snail-photog...


New Zealand Department of Conservation/via

Given their propensity for a less-than-speedy gait, it's no wonder snails evolved to blend in with their surroundings -- but for one snail in particular, genetics had other things in mind. Recently, while exploring the undergrowth in New Zealand's Kahurangi National Park, a group of hikers made an extraordinary discovery: a giant, albino Powelliphanta snail seeming to cope quite well with its bright-white appearance. The find is so rare, in fact, that even snail experts say this is only the second time they've ever seen anything like it.

The unusual snail was spotted by members of the Waimea Tramping Clubon a trek through a forest on New Zealand's South Island. Bill Brough, one of the first to see it, knew immediately they'd stumbled on something very special. "Our group had seen three or four snails already that morning as it had rained and they'd come out in the wet conditions. Then I saw the white snail and went wow! We were excited to see it, knowing how extraordinary it was."

Here is another video of the snail...just amazing!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNCuJvlvSug

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Extremely Rare Albino Dolphin Found Off Coast of South America

SOURCE: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2011/12/02/albino-dolphi...

An extremely rare albino dolphin was discovered by Brazilian biologists swimming off the southern coast of South America. 

The research group, based at Univille university in Santa Catarina, said Thursday that it was the first recorded instance of an albino in the pontoporia blainvillei species, a very shy type of dolphin that rarely jumps out of the water. It's known in Brazil as Toninha and in Argentina and Uruguay as the La Plata or Franciscana dolphin.

Since Herman Melville created the albino whale Moby Dick in 1851, rare albino marine mammals have held a special fascination.

Camilla Meirelles Sartori, the lead biologist of Project Toninhas, said she first saw the white calf with pinkish fins at the end of October. Her group photographed him in early November.

"We were surprised, shocked," Sartori said. "It's very small, and the color is really different. We didn't know what it was at first."

Sartori said the baby was with an adult, probably its mother. The young live on their mother's milk until they are six months old and remain dependent on the adult until they're a year old.

The species is endangered. Its dolphins have long, thin snouts and get easily tangled in fishing nets. They can drown or die of stress if not quickly released, Sartori said.

Since Herman Melville created the albino whale Moby Dick in 1851, rare albino marine mammals have held a special fascination.

Albinism is the lack of melanin pigments in the body, giving an individual very light or white skin and hair. Little is known about the genetic predisposition in dolphins because it's so unusual.

Sartori said the rarity of the baby spotted by her group only highlights the need to preserve the Bay of Babitonga in the southern Brazil state of Santa Catarina, where this population of endangered dolphins lives.

"Albino animals generally have fewer chances of survival because they have greater chances of being caught by predators," Sartori said. "Here, in this bay, they don't have natural predators. But there is a lot of environmental degradation from two ports, industrial and residential sewage, tourism. This is an another argument for its protection."

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Pink dolphin appears in US lake

The world's only pink Bottlenose dolphin which was discovered in an inland lake in Louisiana, USA, has become such an attraction that conservationists have warned tourists to leave it alone.

Pinky the rare albino dolphin has been spotted in Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana, USA Photo: CATERS NEWS

 

 

12:43PM GMT 02 Mar 2009

SOURCE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4927224/Pin...

Charter boat captain Erik Rue, 42, photographed the animal, which is actually an albino, when he began studying it after the mammal first surfaced in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern USA.

Capt Rue originally saw the dolphin, which also has reddish eyes, swimming with a pod of four other dolphins, with one appearing to be its mother which never left its side.

He said: "I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter.

"It was absolutely stunningly pink.

"I had never seen anything like it. It's the same color throughout the whole body and it looks like it just came out of a paint booth.

"The dolphin appears to be healthy and normal other than its coloration, which is quite beautiful and stunningly pink.

"The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes indicating its albinism. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws.

"I have personally spotted the pink dolphin 40 to 50 times in the time since the original sighting as it has apparently taken up residence with its family in the Calcasieu ship channel.

"As time has passed the young mammal has grown and sometimes ventures away from its mother to feed and play but always remains in the vicinity of the pod.

"Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod."

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, senior biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, said: "I have never seen a dolphin coloured in this way in all my career.

"It is a truly beautiful dolphin but people should be careful, as with any dolphins, to respect it - observe from a distance, limit their time watching, don't chase or harass it

"While this animal looks pink, it is an albino which you can notice in the pink eyes.

"Albinism is a genetic trait and it unclear as to the type of albinism this animal inherited."

A close relation of dolphins, the Amazon River Botos, called pink dolphins, live in South America in the Amazon.

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Wonder if people will also be born albino more frequently?  There are some stories of this and plenty of pics here on Google.  Here is a vid on it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWTgu1paGDs

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ZT on White Buffalo Legend

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ZT SOURCE: http://www.zetatalk.com/newsletr/issue032.htm

A rare albino dolphin was spotted in Louisiana.
 
Rare Pink Dolphin Seen in Louisiana Lake
July 03, 2007
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287938,00.html
A charter-boat captain from Lake Charles, La., photographed a rare pink dolphin a couple of weeks ago in Calcasieu Lake, an estuary just north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Louisiana. According to Calcasieu Charter Service's Web site, Capt. Erik Rue was on the lake June 24 with fishing customers when five dolphins came into view - four normal-looking gray ones, and a bright pink one that appeared to be an adolescent.

The Zetas had predicted that more albinism would occur, as the core of the Earth roiled under the influence of the approaching Planet X.

ZetaTalk Explanation 7/7/2007: We have explained that the reason the White Buffalo was a sign the Indians were watching for is due to increased albinism in animals as the core of the Earth swirls about in response to the approach of Planet X. Nancy has recorded the increase in albinism, the many reports, since the first White Buffalo appeared about 10 years ago. Indeed, this pink dolphin is another example. The rate of increase has not slowed, nor will it for some time!

And what is the reason for this increase in albinism? Cave creatures, fish or lizards living in caves, do not need pigmentation, and this adaptation is buried in our DNA. The emanations from the core seem to surface creatures like the emanations found in caves, so this particular DNA is triggered!

ZetaTalk Explanation 6/15/1996: Albinos occur naturally in all life forms, some with more rarity than others. What causes an albino to emerge is assumed to be a genetic quirk, where the normal production of color compounds is suppressed. This is the effect but not the cause, else why would life in dark caverns or the depths of the ocean be pale, without color? If color were a genetic quirk, then why the almost total absence of color in creatures living in darkness? Coloration is influenced by radiation, just as tanning takes place upon exposure to sunlight. What is little understood is that this phenomena has two switches, one increasing coloration under certain radiation frequencies, but another reducing coloration under a different set of radiation frequencies. The core of the Earth, emitting in greater bursts the radiation her caverns and deep water creatures are bathed in, is confusing her surface creatures. Thus, the White Buffalo, heeding the signals from the restless Earth, are heralding the approaching pole shift.

 

 

Have you seen or heard about any other albinos which are rarely seen? 

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Comment by Planet Twelve on August 6, 2013 at 5:51pm

South Florida homeowner finds massive albino Burmese python devouring a cat's skull in his shed

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A homeowner in South Florida made a startling discovery as he was cleaning out his shed on Sunday night.

Much to his surprise, the homeowner in Hileah found a 13-foot, 100-pound albino Burmese python as it was devouring a cat’s skull.

The homeowner reported the slithering beast to the city, which quickly sent authorities to come retrieve it.

Startling find: A homeowner in South Florida found a 13-foot, 100-pound albino Burmese python as it was devouring a cat's skull in his shed on Sunday night

Startling find: A homeowner in South Florida found a 13-foot, 100-pound albino Burmese python as it was devouring a cat's skull in his shed on Sunday night

Snake report: The homeowner reported the slithering beast to the city, which quickly sent authorities to come retrieve it

Snake report: The homeowner reported the slithering beast to the city, which quickly sent authorities to come retrieve it


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2385210/South-Florida-homeo...

Comment by Kris H on July 17, 2013 at 3:04am
Albino Muskie in Minnesota.

http://m.startribune.com/?id=215758731
Comment by Derrick Johnson on July 3, 2013 at 8:39am

Extraordinarily rare bright orange lobsters caught

 

Only 1 in 10 million occur in this color, but a Nova Scotia fish market recently received a shipment of 35; all will be spared the boiler

A Nova Scotia fish market recently took shipment of 35 bright orange Maine lobsters, which are quite lively even though they look as though they’ve already been cooked.

“[Customers] think they’re cooked, so we tell them they survived the boil and some people believe me,” Chris Field, who manages Fisherman’s Market in Bedford,” told Canada’s CBC News. (Note: accompanying footage is mostly raw, and the latter portion is silent.)

Typically, live lobsters are a mottled greenish-brown. Bright orange lobsters, according to experts, are found on the average of 1 in 10 million. They’re more uncommon than blue lobsters, which occur on the average of 1 in 2 million.

But as CBC points out, perhaps those odds need to be recalculated, because to receive 35 in a single shipment would seem to defy such arithmetic. Another orange lobster was caught recently in the Bay of Fundy, and a blue lobster was captured last month off Nova Scotia.

Today we’ve got 35 new additions to our pet tank,” Field said. “The odds of that are pretty, pretty remote.”

The bright orange lobsters, which are missing a color pigment as a result of a genetic defect, were all caught in Cape Breton.

Scientists have noted after past captures of peculiarly colored lobsters that they sometimes are found in bunches in similar locations, perhaps because of subtle changes in habitat conditions.

Whatever the case, being different, if you’re a lobster, seems to have one important advantage: they are often spared the boiler because of their uniqueness, and placed on display at a marine aquarium. Field said some of the 35 might be donated for research, but that the rest will stay in the market’s pet tank.

Mused CBC: “An orange lobster caught in the Bay of Fundy was also spared death, as was a blue one in Newfoundland, suggesting unusual colouration might be a viable evolutionary strategy for lobsters.”

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/extraordinarily-rare-bri...

Comment by lonne de vries on June 6, 2013 at 11:09pm

Rare white lions for the first time outside

Photo: Reuters

RHENEN -

The two rare African white lions, who were born on March 6th in Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, have been outside for the first time today.

source in Dutch

Comment by Chris Harris on May 1, 2013 at 12:50am

Below is a picture of an albino guinea pig born in Northern NSW Australia on 20th April 2013, the guinea pig on the left is the mother, the guinea pig on the right is her offspring and only 7 days old.

Comment by ann s. on April 21, 2013 at 8:37pm

Wonderful albino animal pictures, Poli.  Unusual increase in albinism usually needs to be seen to believed.

Comment by ann s. on April 21, 2013 at 6:32pm
Comment by Planet Twelve on November 24, 2012 at 9:31am

Legal Shooting of Albino Deer Angers Wisconsin Residents

Posted on: 7:02 am, November 23, 2012, by Trisha Bee, updated on: 07:11am, November 23, 2012

 

LELAND (AP) — Some residents in Sauk County are upset that an out-of-town hunter broke a tacit agreement by killing a rare white deer this week.

There was nothing illegal about Saturday’s shooting in Leland, about 15 miles northwest of Sauk City. White and albino deer aren’t protected in chronic-wasting-disease zones, and this deer wasn’t even a true albino.

But residents such as Amy Sprecher are angry. She says she can’t understand how people can be so selfish as to deprive others of the white deers’ beauty.

Fellow resident Brandon Yanke says the townspeople made a pact to protect the rare deer. He says the deer help make the area unique.

A WISC-TV report  says locals want the state Department of Natural Resources to do more to protect the animals.

[Emphasis added]

http://fox6now.com/2012/11/23/legal-shooting-of-white-deer-angers-w...

Comment by lonne de vries on November 19, 2012 at 12:16pm

Rare white lion born in Qld zoo

A little known Queensland zoo has made history after the successful birth of the state’s first white lion cub.

The species is extinct in the wild, but now there are plans to rebuild the population.

In a hot tin shed on the Darling Downs, is a tiny newborn and a tired first time mum. Kwanza was born on Monday last week in a first for the Darling Downs Zoo and Queensland.

"There's only been two zoos in the whole of Australia that have actually bred white lions," zoo manager Steve Robinson explained.

Source

Comment by SongStar101 on November 17, 2012 at 10:59pm

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/41905/extraordinary+white+humpb...

Extraordinary white humpback whale documented off Norway

Mariners who spend lots of time at sea are witness to all sorts of amazing sights, but very rarely does one get to witness the almost mythical white whale. Dan Fisher has seen and documented this animal. While crewing aboard the three-masted SV Antigua in August, in the waters of Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, Fisher made the sighting of what looks to be a pure white humpback whale from high on the mast. (For whatever reason, Fisher waited until recently to release his footage and share his story. These are his images, Wildlife Extra. Scroll down for video.)

Rare white humpback whale as seen by Dan Fisher from the mast of the SV Antigua.

The whale first appeared as a white hump on the horizon, and was swimming with other humpbacks.

"As I realized it was a white whale, I was amazed," Fisher told the Daily Mail. "I quickly climbed the mast to get a good vantage point and captured these pictures. Afterwards we were all talking and decided to dub him Willow the white whale."

News of the sighting began circulating on the Internet this week.

White whales are rare and the most famous among them, of course, is Moby Dick, a fictional sperm whale in the 1851 Herman Melville classic novel of the same name.

More recently, a white humpback known as Migaloo has been spotted sporadically off Queensland, Australia. A white humpback calf also has been seen off Queensland. According to Wildlife Extra there have been reports of white killer whales off Alaska and Russia (possibly the same animal), white right whale calves off South Australia and an albino dolphin off Louisiana.

The white humpback spotted by Fisher, who is Welsh, is either an albino or its coloration could be the result of a condition known as leucism, in which pigmentation cells fail to properly develop. Albinos are totally white and usually have red or pink eyes.

Fisher, 32, who for the past 10 years has worked as a maritime engineer, referred to the sighting as a "once-in-a-lifetime spot" and added: "I saw lots of humpbacks this year, but nothing as spectacular as this one."

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