Albino Whale sighted again with a new young surprise

The whale has now become a mother to another albino whale. This is a highly rare occurrence on land and even more so in the sea.
By Alex Bourque | Mar 19, 2016
The albino mammal labels "Gallon of Milk" was sighted again, off the coast of Mexico. During the annual whale sensors, which helps keep track of the animal as it is endangered, was spotted as now being a fully grown whale. It was first sighted over seven years ago as a pup. It is now a fully grown whale with its albinism not affecting its growth.

However, things got interesting when Gallon of Milk was spotted with a calf. The whale has now become a mother to another albino whale. This is a highly rare occurrence on land and even more so in the sea.

The albino gene is a recessive gene, and it needs the gene to come from both parents for it to manifest. This situation makes it even harder to occur. Scientists are even more surprising that the calf is albinism with such odds at play.

"In the recent sighting, this time in the area known as Alhambra Island in the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Gallon of Milk was accompanied by a calf that was completely gray, which must mean she has become a mother for the first time." Said a report from the Commission on Natural Protected Areas. "The bright white whale's condition albinism makes her of a particular kind since the gene mutation that leads to a sharp decrease in the pigment melanin or the lack of it is barely recorded among marine mammals."

Color is usually a big adaptation feature in many animals as they need to merge with the environment to avoid predators. But with the whale having few known predators, scientists believe it will be okay and the calf will live to see adulthood.

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