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 April 15, 2016 at 7:17am

'At the end of the world there shall be seen a white Raven as a sign that the world is coming to an end' that will be the last of it."

http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2014/12/the-return-of-white-raven-prop...

The Return of the White Raven: Prophecy Told By Yupik Elder (Video)

"Prophecy states that when people become spiritual again, the White Raven will return." Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein, a Yupik Elder

"The Bird That Turned the Meat Bitter" is a Mandan legend. Ravens are usually completely black birds, however the Mandan legend (below) makes mention of a white raven, and the prophecy in this traditional story is about a white raven that will return:

The Bird That Made the Meat Bitter

Looking about the lodges in the village, Coyote saw strings of jerked meat, but the people were lean. He asked why this was. The people said, "When we go hunting, only the fastest butchers can get their meat home in good condition. There is a Raven which flies over calling "Get bitter! Get bitter!" (gi-ba in Mandan) and the meat turns bitter." Coyote asked for a sample. He chewed but could not swallow the meat, it was so bitter. He said, "I must have this thing righted." He sent the young girl after firewood and had it piled ready to light, first laying down manure because it keeps the flame a long time. Then he had the men get timber rope and make a snare. He filled up his pipe and asked help of his fellow creatures. The big Spider came to his aid, and he lighted the pipe for the Spider to smoke. Now the Raven lived in a hollow tree out of which it flew when the men were butchering. Big Spider said, "It is easy to snare that bird. Be ready to snare him into the fire and let him burn. Some of his feathers will fly into the air and turn into birds. When you see a white Raven fly out a cry 'At the end of the world there shall be seen a white Raven as a sign that the world is coming to an end' that will be the last of it."

They sent out young men into the hills scouting. These reported Buffalo. They made ready for the hunt. The fastest runners went ahead to encircle the herd. Buffalo always run towards the wind, but the runners drove them towards the other hunters. These formed a corral where they slaughtered the whole herd. The men with large families packed meat home; others followed behind. Meanwhile, some watched by the hollow tree. When the bird came out, before it could cry, Coyote caught it by the neck and pulled it to the ground. It had the head of a man and the body of a bird. The face was human but had no hair. The body had wings and a long neck. It was a frightful thing to see. Coyote clubbed the bird and threw it into the flames. Feathers flew up and turned into birds and flew away. The unburned bones Coyote crushed with his club. Finally out flew a white Raven and said, "When the world is about to end I will come to you again!" So Coyote told the people that was to be a sign to them.

"The Bird That Turned the Meat Bitter" is a Mandan legend. Ravens are usually completely black birds, however the Mandan legend (below) makes mention of a white raven, and the prophecy in this traditional story is about a white raven that will return:


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 29, 2016 at 7:19am

https://www.facebook.com/weirdsounds/photos/a.576481035700391.15308...

A very uncommon albino porcupine by Joel Sartore... Good night
Biologists estimate one in every 10,000 porcupine births is albino.
The animal's quills, which can number in the tens of thousands, can find themselves in the snouts of curious dogs. They can bore into the skin like corkscrews and expand if not removed. On the porcupine, the quills can be regrown in a matter of days.
Porcupines have a fan tail somewhat similar to a beaver and hind legs longer than their front legs. The hind feet look like a cat's, but are bare-skinned. The animals move at a very slow pace.
Porcupines enjoy berries in the summer months and hemlock bark and buds the rest of the year. They are herbivores and sleep both on land and in trees.

Comment by Scott on March 11, 2016 at 9:37am

Baby pink elephant on parade (3/10/16)

Pink_Elephant

The puny pachyderm — believed to be a rare albino — was seen drinking from a river with his mom at the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Nicki Coertze, 58, was on safari was [with] his family when he saw the cute calf quenching its thirst at the Shingwedsi River.

...“I have been visiting Kruger since my early childhood, and have over the last many years been spending at least 20 to 30 days in Kruger every year … I have never seen an albino elephant before.”

http://nypost.com/2016/03/10/baby-pink-elephant-on-parade/

Comment by Scott on March 10, 2016 at 8:39am

Rare albino squirrels sightings in Surrey sparks debate about elusive rodents (3/9/16)

Snow White, has been spotted in West Clandon [Surrey, UK]

The white squirrel spotted in Leatherhead [Surrey, UK]

...After the Surrey [UK] sightings, questions are being asked about whether albino squirrels are as rare as some people believe.

...Despite claims there are only around 50 in the UK, the elusive rodents were photographed within hours of each other just 10 miles apart.

The first white squirrel, affectionately named Snow White, has been regularly visiting Hilary Mackinnon in West Clandon.

...Another white squirrel was spotted on March 8 by keen-eyed Charlotte Gwilliam in an alley at the end of Linden Gardens in Leatherhead.

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/rare-albino-squirrels-s...

Comment by Scott on March 6, 2016 at 3:21am

White deer a treat for wildlife watchers (3/5/16)

Delaware tribes in what would become Pennsylvania believed that when two all-white deer are seen together, it is a sign their ancestral “Peoples of the Dawnland” have returned to lead the world with their wisdom.

A troubled world can only hope that two white deer seen separately in Westmoreland County will pair up soon.

Since last year, Pennsylvania Game Commission biologist Jeannine Fleegle, a member of the agency’s deer and elk team, has watched a white-colored white-tail deer near Ligonier.

“While I have yet to see it in binoculars,” she said, “it is the whitest deer I have ever seen.”

A few miles away, another pure white deer has been thrilling residents for six or seven years.

Photographed last week by resident Alec Mellon, the deer’s pink eyes and nose identify it as a true albino. It is believed to be a male that has shed its antlers and has been seen browsing alone and with several normally colored deer.

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/lifestyle/2016/03/05/Get-Out-White...

Comment by Scott on February 29, 2016 at 3:34am

Albino rattler safeguarded from almost certain death; getting comfy in her new Heritage Park home (2/28/16)

CourtesyMeet the newest member of the Heritage Park friends.

Now showing at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (HPZS): a rare, and strikingly attractive, albino diamondback rattlesnake.

An albino snake is rare in the wild or captivity because its white-yellowish color exposes it to predators and an early death, said Wayne Fischer, animal care manager in charge of reptiles.

...HPZS received the rattler from a private donor, a gentleman from California who had visited the Sanctuary and later moved to Prescott.

...This snake was born in captivity and the previous owner was hopeful he could breed it, but that proved unsuccessful. HPZS does not breed its snakes, but accepted this one for display.

http://dcourier.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=155423&Sect...

Comment by Scott on February 19, 2016 at 12:13am

ALL-WHITE KANGAROO HOPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA (2/18/16)

...South Australia local Rosemary Faehrmann uploaded a photo of the unusual animal to the Riverglen Marina Houseboat Hire Facebook page....
...It’s difficult to tell from Faehrman’s photo if this latest sighting (probably an western grey kangaroo) is a true albino or if it has a genetic trait known as leucism. Unlike albinism, which causes a complete lack of melanin throughout the body, leucism doesn't affect the eyes. Either way, let's hope this roo can make it through.
Comment by Scott on February 18, 2016 at 10:50am

Visitors flock to see Fukuoka aquarium’s albino sea cucumber (2/18/16)

...The white sea cucumber is thought to be an albino, with its pigments mutated for unexpected reasons. The rare marine life recently debuted at the Marine World Uminonakamichi aquarium in Fukuoka.

...A local fisherman found it in January and offered it to the aquarium. ...

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/18/national/visitors-flock...

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...

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