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.
 
http://www.zetatalk.com/theword/tworx561.jpg" align="right" height="240" hspace="0" width="320" />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 M. Difato on August 14, 2017 at 4:54pm

 Rare Pink Elephant Caught On Camera

"..The pink elephant was spotted playing with other elephants in a waterhole in the South African savannah at the Kruger National Park — South Africa’s first national park and home to more than 11,000 elephants. Why is it pink? It’s an albino elephant of course, as the person behind the camera says these type of elephant sightings are extremely rare, with only 3-4 being recorded in photographs.

Check out the elephant below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN7vZG4s7Tg

“It’s important to note, right through the video, that there was no lack in attention, love or care for the little pink one from the other adults. It was never treated in any other different way or manner. After a 22 month gestation period, elephant babies are a huge investment to a herd, no matter what they look like.”

Read more at http://www.craveonline.com/mandatory/1310579-rare-pink-elephant-cau...


Comment by Scott on August 10, 2017 at 7:42am

Twinkle the albino hedgehog at Wildlife Orphanage in Selby, Yorkshire  (August 8, 2017)

Twinkle the remaining albino hedgehog at Wildlife Orphanage in Selby, Yorkshire.

Wildlife Orphanage, a hedgehog charity in Yorkshire, knows of a litter of at least three albino hedgehogs in the Selby [United Kingdom] area.

They are currently caring for one of the eight-week old babies, who has been named Twinkle, but another has tragically died and a third has been spotted by a member of the public.

http://swns.com/news/in-a-prickle-race-against-time-to-find-rare-ba...

Comment by Scott on August 6, 2017 at 7:07am

Search Engine received this cool photo of an albino squirrel from St. Catharines [Ontario, Canada] reader Linzi de Groot. “He’s a regular visitor behind our North St Kitts ravine home.” (August 8, 2017)

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/08/04/search-engine-albino-...

Comment by Scott on July 27, 2017 at 6:34am

Albino rook rescued on Bute (June 6, 2017)

A Bute [United Kingdom] resident saved a rare albino rook near his property last weekend.

He told the Buteman: “I looked out the window and saw this white shape being mobbed by the other birds".

The bird was transported off the island on Monday evening to the Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue centre in North Ayrshire, which cares for sick, injured and orphaned animals across Scotland.

http://www.buteman.co.uk/news/rare-albino-rook-rescued-on-bute-1-44...

Comment by Scott on July 23, 2017 at 7:10am

Albino groundhog sighted in Williamsport (July 22, 2017)

An albino groundhog lives near a Williamsport [Maryland] apartment complex. Resident Chaz Fenn noticed the animal while walking his dog.

http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/rare-albino-groundhog-sig...

Comment by Scott on July 12, 2017 at 9:12pm

Albino sparrow spotted in Perthshire garden (July 12, 2017)

John Anderson spotted the tiny white creature at his Dunning [United Kingdom] property after it fell out of its nest.

Paul Stancliffe, of the British Trust for Ornithology, said: “The white bird is a young house sparrow. The relatively large head and short, thick bill are enough to be confident of its identification.

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/466704/rar...

Comment by M. Difato on July 11, 2017 at 6:15pm

Whale watchers discover ‘incredibly rare’ white humpback
http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/07/10/07/31/incredibly-rare-w...

 Whale watchers in Western Australia have spotted an almost completely white whale in Flinders Bay.

 The group, from Whale Watch Western Australia (WWWA) said they originally thought they’d spotted Australia’s famous whale Migaloo, but on closer inspection realised this was a completely different white humpback, a sighting they described as “incredibly rare”.

“The white whale sighted today has hypo pigmented skin which has resulted in the majority of his body being very white,” WWWA said.


Video and photos of the whale show its back almost completely white, with scattered streaks of black.

“He was busy having joined a competition pod which gave the perfect opportunity to see the contrast between the dark dorsal fin of one whale and the complete opposite of the magnificently marked white whale,” WWWA said.

Whale watchers in Port Macquarie had a rare sighting of Migaloo on Saturday,

Whale-spotters sometimes spend whole seasons waiting for the white whale.

It’s believed Migaloo is a true albino, but it has not been confirmed. 



 

Comment by M. Difato on July 7, 2017 at 2:37am

PHOTOS: Extremely rare ‘pale tiger’ photographed for the first time ever

 http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/06/rare-pale-tiger-photographed...

 Published July 06, 2017  A rare "pale tiger" has been photographed in southern India, the first time one has been captured on film..."

The "pale tiger" is different from a white tiger, as it to believed to have a genetic mutation that causes color morphism...' 

Comment by Scott on June 16, 2017 at 7:14am

Alby, the albino sparrow, causing a flap in Whissonsett (June 13, 2017)

Alby, the albino sparrow, on left, in a Whissonsett garden. Photo: Cy Campbell

Cy Campbell took a photograph of Alby in his garden in Whissonsett [United Kingdom], near Fakenham.

Rupert Masefield, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said its red eyes probably meant it was a true albino.

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/alby-the-albino-sparrow-cau...

Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 13, 2017 at 7:13am

The white stuff: Ultra-rare baby albino dolphin delights whale watchers as it playfully splashes around

  • The rare dolphin was filmed last Tuesday off the coast of California
  • Risso's dolphins are traditionally gray and identifiable with their blunt noses
  • The albino calf was seen swimming in a pod, with its white skin marking it out 

 

Whale watchers were forced to double take as an incredibly rare albino dolphin made an appearance in the waters off California last week.

Video footage shows the milky-coloured marine mammal skimming through the water as part of a pod, with its white skin clearly distinguishable against the ocean blue.

At one point it fans its tail in the air, as it playfully plunges down into the choppy sea with its companions close by.

Special sighting: Whale watchers were forced to double take as an incredibly rare albino dolphin made an appearance in the waters off California last week

Special sighting: Whale watchers were forced to double take as an incredibly rare albino dolphin made an appearance in the waters off California last week

Spot the difference: Video footage shows the milky-coloured marine mammal skimming through the water as part of a pod, with its white skin clearly distinguishable

Spot the difference: Video footage shows the milky-coloured marine mammal skimming through the water as part of a pod, with its white skin clearly distinguishable

It didn't seem bothered by the audience and continued to bob along close to the passenger-loaded boat. 

Naturalists from the Princess Monterey Whale Watching sightseeing firm confirmed that the unusual Risso's dolphin was a calf.

It was spotted during a morning excursion, which departed at 9am on June 6. Humpbacks also surfaced during the tour. 

Risso's dolphins - which are traditionally gray and identifiable with their stout, blunt noses - usually measure around 3.5 to 5.5 feet in length as newborns.

They can go on to live more than three decades with an estimated lifespan of at least 35 years.

It's not the first time an albino dolphin has been spotted on a Princess Monterey Whale Watching trip. 

In 2015 passengers were delighted by similar close-up sightings around the same stretch of coastline. 

Water baby: Naturalists from the Princess Monterey Whale Watching sightseeing firm confirmed that the unusual Risso's dolphin was a calf 

Water baby: Naturalists from the Princess Monterey Whale Watching sightseeing firm confirmed that the unusual Risso's dolphin was a calf 

In its element: It didn't seem bothered by the audience and continued to bob along close to the passenger-loaded boat 

In its element: It didn't seem bothered by the audience and continued to bob along close to the passenger-loaded boat 

Risso's dolphins are rare but the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species considers this species 'data deficient' due to insufficient information on population status and trends.  

Albinism has been observed in more than 20 species of oceangoing mammals, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), but appears to be rare in dolphins.

Animals with the genetic trait are not believed to be inherently weaker or less capable than regular dolphins, though their colour can make them easier targets for predators.

Dolphins with especially severe albino traits can sometimes suffer from impaired vision - though the rarity of the creatures mean that extensive research is yet to be carried out, and theories often have to be extrapolated from albino humans. 

Sightings of a baby albino off the Louisiana coast in 2007 caused a flurry of excitement, as did an adult albino, who was found swimming in the Mediterranean, near Italy, in the summer of 2014.   

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4596452/Extre...

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