Rare Albino Gray Whale Filmed Off Coast of Mexico

first_imgStay on target “I never thought I could have the chance to see this albino gray whale,” Gonzalez wrote on Facebook. “Thank you beautiful huge creature!”The whale in Gonzalez’s video has received some comparisons to Moby Dick, the great white whale that was described by novelist Herman Melville in the famous book Moby Dick. Moby Dick, a giant sperm whale that liked to eat sailer limbs, is nothing like this docile creature: The gray whale captured by Gonzalez was most likely hanging out in the water due to mating season.The whale’s interesting color is likely due to genetics. According to John Francis, vice president for conservation, exploration, and research at National Geographic, white animals can occur in nature and this rare condition comes from genetic mutations. True albinos can’t produce any pigment, which causes their white coloration and pink eyes that show blood vessels normally concealed by eye colors. Since albinism is a recessive trait, both parents have to pass it onto their offspring, so it’s likely that this whale had albino genes from his mom and dad.Gonzalez isn’t the first person to notice these types of whales in the area: In February 2016, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) announced that a rare sighting, which was thought to be an albino gray whale, was recorded off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. The whale, which was seen a few years earlier, came back again with her young calf, who wasn’t white.More on Geek.com:Woolly Mammoths, Neanderthals May Have Shared Genetic Traits Mummified Mice and Falcons Found in Newly Discovered Egyptian TombRhino Poacher Reportedly Killed by Elephant, Then Eaten by Lions A whale-watching guide recently encountered a rare, albino gray whale off the coast of Mexico.Manuel Gonzalez, a tour guide and scuba instructor, spotted the whale on a water excursion in March, Live Science reported. The whale, which had a pale white hue, was reportedly breaching off the coast near Baja California, Mexico. Gonzalez posted a video of the white whale encounter on Facebook, which has received more than 34,000 views so far.center_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more