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 Scott on February 9, 2016 at 9:01pm

'Beautiful' albino turtle found on Australia beach (2/9/16)

Picture of an albino turtle

Wildlife volunteers say they were stunned to find an extremely rare albino turtle on a beach in Australia.

The tiny creature was one of 122 hatchlings from a green turtle nest on Castaways Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

The volunteers from Coolum and North Shore Coast Care were surveying the nest on Sunday when they found it.

"It was very chipper and just took off into the water as happy as can be," said group president Linda Warneminde.

"He wasn't sick, he was just white," she told the BBC. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35528979

Comment by Scott on January 26, 2016 at 7:59pm

Rare white giraffe spotted in Tanzania could be ‘target’ for poachers (1/25/16)

Omo the white giraffe who has been spotted roaming around Tarangire National Park, in Tanzania

Omo the white giraffe who has been spotted roaming around Tarangire National Park, in Tanzania Photo: DEREK LEE/CATERS NEWS

A rare white giraffe with a genetic condition which means many of her body surface cells are incapable of making pigment has been photographed at a national park in Tanzania.

Ecologist Dr Derek Lee, founder of the Wild Nature Institute (WNI), which conducts scientific research on at-risk wildlife species, took the amazing photographs in Tarangire National Park.

“Omo is leucistic, meaning many of the skin cells are incapable of making a pigment. Some are, so she is pale but not pure white, with red or blue eyes, as a true albino would be,” he explained.

“Omo is the only pale giraffe we are currently aware of, but we have also observed leucistic waterbuck, Cape buffalo and ostrich in Tarangire.

“Omo appears to get along with the other giraffes, she has always been seen with a large group of normally coloured giraffe, they don't seem to mind her different colouring.”

However he warned that her unique colour could make her a target for poachers in the African park.

...The WNI blog adds: “We were lucky enough to see her again this January, almost exactly one year [after the first sighting].

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12121236/Ra...

Comment by SongStar101 on August 13, 2015 at 11:26am

Four rare albino green sea turtles hatch on Vamizi Island

http://www.grindtv.com/wildlife/four-rare-albino-green-sea-turtles-...

Trindade has stated that the research team has failed to find any record of other albino green sea turtles with no pigmentation in their eyes.

“According to my research, true albinism is not very common in sea turtles,” Trindade told GrindTV. “Although other records exist for albino sea turtles, the frequency at which it happens in most turtle projects is unknown as far as my research could find. This gets further complicated because the definitions of albinism vary and are inconsistent. During my research, I came across many records, which were rather white turtles, with a different condition.”

Trindade said little information is available about albinism in sea turtles, adding that they intend to study the tissues from the two that didn’t survive.

“By comparing the samples from the albino hatchlings to the ones with normal pigmentation, we can hopefully find out more about the mechanisms that caused this condition in this specific case and other possible consequences, and maybe even understand why two of them didn’t survive,” Trindade told GrindTV.

Many people questioned why the team released the albino hatchlings since albino animals usually have reduced chances of surviving.

Trindade said the project team only handled these hatchlings because they were found stuck inside the nest, otherwise they try not to interfere with the natural course of nature.

Also, to clarify, Trindade pointed out that hatchlings in general have a very low percentage of survival with only 1 in 100 or 1 in 1,000 surviving, depending on the source.

“[But] albino turtles can have a longer lifespan than many other albino animals, as their hard shells protect them from predation and other environmental challenges,” Trindade told GrindTV.

“This means that if these hatchlings managed to survive the first few days of their journeys at sea, there is a good chance they will make it to adulthood like any other hatchling with normal pigmentation who also manages to survive this phase.”

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Half Brown/Half Orange Lobster Caught off Maine (Jul 10)

An extremely rare split-colored lobster caught in Maine last week is said to be a one-in-50-million catch.

The split-colored lobster is one of various bizarrely colorful crustaceans being caught lately, each with its own statistical variation.

Calico lobsters, with speckled brown and orange shells, are 1 in 30 million. Blue lobsters? One in two million.

Crimson red lobsters—not just ones that turn red when cooked—are a one-in-ten-million find, according to  Robert C. Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono.

Albino lobsters are the rarest in the bunch, with odds nearing 1 in 100 million. Sometimes referred to as "crystal" lobsters, they're the only ones that don't turn red in the pot.

The cause of the odd colorations is a mystery, a genetic mutation of sorts.

"I don't think the actual mechanism is known," Bayer says.

Bayer also said all of the split-colored lobsters he has seen have been hermaphrodites, possessing both male and female genitalia.

An unknown fisherman, who caught the rare spilt-colored specimen, donated it to the Pine Point Fisherman's Co-op in Scarborough, Maine.

The newly caught mutant lobster will soon live in the Maine State Aquarium for thousands of visitors to see.

Sources

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2015/07/07/Maine-fisherman-catches-extr...

https://news.google.com/news/story?ncl=dUQ-TqZVAcBwneMDQ1bxPM7w_Nmg...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 10, 2015 at 12:39am

The opposite Albino (Flamingo)

http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/09/extremely-rare-black-flamingo...

Extremely rare black flamingo spotted in Cyprus

(Reuters) -- An extremely rare black flamingo has been spotted on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, exciting nature lovers who said it may be the only bird of its type ever seen.

The flamingo, seen on the banks of a salt lake on Wednesday morning, is thought to have a genetic condition known as melanism, which causes it to generate more of the pigment melanin, turning it dark, rather than the usual pink color.

Comment by Poli on March 23, 2015 at 4:38am

Super-Rare Albino Tapir Photographed in Brazil (May 2014).

It's the first known photo taken of an albino lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) in the wild.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150321-tapirs-albinos-br...

Comment by Poli on March 7, 2015 at 4:41pm

In a wildlife park in New Zealand two white kiwi hatched. They are a small sensation. It was "like winning the lottery," said Helen Tickner, Director of the National Park Pukaha Mount Bruce 125 kilometers north of Wellington, Unique offspring. The gamekeepers had not helped, to produce white chick.The two fluffy young animals, together with her three older siblings are probably the only white kiwis on the world, said the conductor of the wildlife parks.

http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/weisse-kiwis-in-neuseeland...

Comment by SongStar101 on October 18, 2014 at 11:19am

Adorable white lion cubs learn to walk

http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/features/2014/10/16/lion-cubs-learn...

http://news.yahoo.com/video/raw-rare-lion-cubs-debut-152314374.html

Sevastopol, Crimea (AP) -- They may be just ten days old, but these three white lion cubs are already finding their feet - quite tentatively.

Despite these young lions finding it hard to walk, they're already becoming curious about the world around them.

Every so often they attempt to growl, even though they're yet to grow any teeth.

The white lion cubs are being raised at Taigan Safari Park in Sevastopol, Crimea.

Park director, Oleg Zubkov, cares for the cubs as if they were his own children.

Every so often he takes them from their enclosure and lets them explore the real world.

He also has to feed them from time to time when their mother lioness - named Greta - doesn't.

Despite that, Zubkov still brings the cubs to their mother's enclosure several times a day.

The cubs' mother and father must be kept in separate cages as lions are sometimes known to attack their young.

Their father watches on from an adjacent cage.

"We are very glad that the whilte lion cubs were born," says Zubkov.

"Even though it's not the first time such cubs have appeared. This type of lion is very rare, around one hundred of them live on our planet now. Here you can see three wonderful snow-white lion cubs. Their parents are good, although a bit worried about our filming."

White lions are unique to the Timbavati area of South Africa and are not albinos but a genetic rarity.

According to the Global White Lion Protection Trust, the earliest recorded sighting of white lions was in the Timbavati region in 1938.

It's thought stories from African elders show the unique mammals lived in the region for centuries.

Since their discovery, hunting and forced removal from their natural habitat caused their population to fall.

That means viewing these lions is a rare treat for visitors like Olga Titkova.

"I like them very much," she says. "We live in Crimea, but we came here for the first time. And here we saw such wonderful small cubs, or I would say kittens. Of course, I would like to stroke them, but this is scary because the mother is around, the beautiful one."

When the lion cubs eventually grow up, they'll be placed in a separate living space among other lions.

And they won't be alone, Taigan Safari Park boasts several white lions.

One in particular likes to play with Zubkov.

It's the park director's hope that when they grow up they'll be friendly predators, although the only hunting they can do at the moment is for each other.

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