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 Starr DiGiacomo on September 9, 2014 at 7:06pm

http://www.barakonews.com/2014/08/white-crow-found-in-mindanao-hows...

WHITE CROW FOUND IN MINDANAO. HOW'S THAT FILIPINO IDIOM 'KAPAG PUMU...

Comment by Howard on September 6, 2014 at 10:04pm

2 Ultra-rare Albino Lobsters Caught in One Week off Maine (Sept 4)

Albino lobsters — the rarest of all the crustacean’s color mutations — are believed to be about one in 100 million.

So, what are the odds of two midcoast lobstermen catching two albino lobsters within a week?

On Thursday, lobsterman Bert Philbrick caught a white lobster off Owls Head, less than a week after Joe Bates caught one about a mile off the Rockland breakwater. The pair look ghostly compared to the greenish-brown lobsters that normally come up in traps along the coast.

Bates, who has 300 traps off Rockland and has been lobstering since 1990, has never seen anything like it.

“I was surprised. Shocked, actually,” he said about the seeing the white lobster in his trap.

"It's the first one I've ever caught and the only one I've ever seen," said Bates.

A blue lobster was caught two weeks ago off Pine Point in Scarborough. Blue lobsters are estimated by the Lobster Institute to be one in 2 million.

Earlier this year, a lobsterman pulled a one-in-30 million calico lobster, sporting patches of orange and dark blue on its shell, out of a trap in New Hampshire.

In late July, a bright yellow lobster of unknown origin ended up in a supermarket tank in Florida, where a customer bought it and sent it to an aquarium in Rye, New Hampshire.

But all of those colorful catches would pale in comparison to coming across an elusive albino, let alone two.

That’s even considering that the estimates of how rare each color is are “an absolute guess,” Bob Bayer, executive director of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute admitted.

Sources

http://www.cbs46.com/story/26462031/maine-lobstermen-catch-2-albino...

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/05/owls-head-pound-lands-two-alb...

http://www.wmtw.com/news/lobster-jackpot-rare-albino-lobsters-caugh...

Comment by Howard on August 27, 2014 at 3:30am

Another Extremely Rare Blue Lobster Captured off Maine (Aug 23)

A lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster.

Jay LaPlante caught the curious creature in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday. LaPlante and daughter Meghan were hauling traps when she discovered the bright blue critter.

LaPlante, of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company, says it’s the first time he has caught a blue lobster.

Meghan says she is naming it Skyler and donating it to the Maine State Aquarium, far from any dinner rolls or pats of butter. The aquarium says it has three other blue lobsters and an orange one.

Sources

http://globalnews.ca/news/1525814/extremely-rare-blue-lobster-caugh...

http://abcnews.go.com/US/lobsters-/story?id=25109571

Comment by Howard on July 13, 2014 at 8:31pm
Comment by SongStar101 on June 22, 2014 at 12:06am

Rare albino whale 'parades' off Australian coast

http://news.yahoo.com/rare-white-whale-returns-australia-delighting...

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/19/world/asia/australia-white-whale/

(CNN) -- "Thar he blows!" In a scene straight out of Moby Dick, a rare white whale is back and putting on a show for his fans off the eastern coast of Australia this week.
First spotted on Tuesday, the albino humpback has been nicknamed "Migaloo" by researchers who track his movements.
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On Thursday he was seen swimming along Sydney's coast on his annual migration. This is the third year in a row he's been spotted.
Albino whales are rare and Migaloo is one of only a small handful of documented all-white humpback adults, according to Oskar Peterson, who runs a website that tracks sightings of white whales around the globe.
"We have photos of a junior Migaloo from a few years ago, but we haven't seen him since so we don't know if he survived the South Ocean," said Peterson.
"But there is a 100% white whale we've seen photographic proof of in Norway, so Migaloo isn't quite as unique as we once thought."
Migaloo was first seen in 1991 when he was a juvenile and researchers believe he is now in his 20s.
He doesn't show up every year, but his journey is part of the humpbacks' annual migration from the Antarctic to their breeding grounds along the Great Barrier Reef.
"The helicopter crews are all out photographing him today," said Oskar Peterson. "He's giving us all quite a parade this year."
Migaloo passed by Cronulla in Sydney's south on Thursday afternoon and would soon be seen by whale watchers at Bondi Beach, Peterson said.
Spotters of the whale are sharing sightings, photos and video at his Twitter account, Migaloo1.
Male humpbacks can travel up to 140 kilometers (87 miles) a day during their migration, according to experts.
Researchers warn fans to steer clear -- at least 500 meters away at all times -- to ensure the whale's survival. Too much noise and chasing can disturb him and cause him to use precious energy he needs for migration.
But whale watchers may be able to enjoy Migaloo for decades. Humpback whales are believed to survive as long as 90 years in the wild.  Image Source

Comment by Howard on March 23, 2014 at 6:54pm

Rare Albino Marlin Caught Off Costa Rica (Mar 11)

An angler hooked a rare fish: a 300-pound albino blue marlin off Costa Rica. The animal was released alive, and photos of the encounter may be the first recorded images of an albino blue marlin.

Since the animal was not examined by a scientist, it is unclear if it was a true albino (reduced melanin) or whether it was leucistic (a reduction in all pigments).

Source

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/20/first-ever-photo...

Comment by Howard on January 16, 2014 at 3:59am

Despite odds exceeding 20,000 to one, 15 albino crocodiles were among the 1,644 counted recently in India's Bhitarkanika National Park.

Sources

http://newspoint.co.za/story/414/5195-population-salt-water-crocodi...

http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3757040

Other albino animals in the news:

http://www.navajopost.org/2014/01/13/a-rare-albino-raccoon-is-disco...

http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/12/22/wild_in_the_city.html

Comment by Tracie Crespo on November 16, 2013 at 10:28pm

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/excursions/post/rare-albino-wels-cat...

Rare albino wels catfish believed to be world record

Monster weighs 206 pounds and measures 8 feet; fishing the River Ebro, Bernie Campbell finally catches the elusive fish after seven years of trying

Rare albino wels catfish

Rare albino wels catfish

For seven years, British fisherman Bernie Campbell sought to catch a rare albino wels catfish, but the odd-looking fish had always eluded him—until a recent trip on the River Ebro near Barcelona, Spain, with CatMaster Tours.

Not only did Campbell reel in the rare species, but he also caught what is believed to be a world record for the albino wels catfish, beating the previous mark by 10 pounds, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.

The enormous fish weighed a whopping 206 pounds and stretched 8 feet long.

“We have had two or three big albino catfish out of the river, but none that has topped 200 pounds,” expert catfish angler and guide John Deakin of CatMaster Tours told the U.K. Daily Mail. “Albino catfish of that size are very rare indeed. This is the biggest we’ve ever seen. It was a very special fish.”

Rare albino wels catfish

Rare albino wels catfish

Campbell, 54, was fishing with his son Gary when he hooked into the beast, using special pellets for bait and 1,800 feet of super-strength fishing line.

“When I got the fish closer to the shore and I saw it was white, I couldn’t believe it,” Campbell told the Daily Mail. “It was so strong it nearly pulled me in on four separate occasions.”

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After about 30 minutes or so, Campbell pulled the monster fish into shore where it was weighed, photographed, and released.

“I was absolutely shattered [read: exhausted] when I landed it, but the feeling was unbelievable. It was a huge fish, but when we got it on the scales I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

“It was my first albino, and it was a world record.”

Rare albino wels catfish

Rare albino wels catfish

The record fish surpassed by Campbell’s catch was a 196-pounder landed last year.

“The record could stand for 10 minutes or it could stand for 10 years,” he told the Daily Mail. “But for me it’s going to take a long time to beat this fish.”

Photos courtesy of CatMaster Tours Facebook page; Campbell’s son Gary appears with him in last photo

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 10, 2013 at 7:12pm

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201717618201020&set=o...

Some of the comments from FB include  other sightings

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on October 19, 2013 at 10:11am

Camera-shy albino squirrel is finally caught on camera by a ranger as he  surveyed a reservoir

  • The critter  was spotted near Rugy, Warwickshire
  • Ranger  Thomas Crawford made the discovery as he surveyed Draycote  Water
  • Albino  squirrel just one of 50 in the UK

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2465994/Camera-shy-albino-s...

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