A rare albino baby dolphin was captured taking a splash with its mom in the Monterey Bay in the USA recently. The 3-year-old was captured on June 7 about 5 km offshore near Moss Landing by a crew of Blue Ocean Whale Watch boat. The mammal was spotted after two years, it was last seen on September 29, 2015, confirmed Kate Cummings, a naturalist, and co-owner of the whale-watching company. The albino or leucistic calf has been identified as a Risso’s dolphin calf. Princess Monterey Whale Watching shared a video on their Facebook page that showed pictures of the baby dolphin splashing in the water. They shared the pictures with the caption that read, “Amazing trips today with lunge feeding Humpback Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins including the albino calf and a quick look at a Blue Whale!!”
Live Science quoted Cummings as saying, “Albinism in the wild is incredibly rare, and I believe this is the only known albino Risso’s dolphin in the eastern Pacific.” She also said, “Albino animals may be more prone to skin problems because there’s no melanin to protect the skin from UV rays, and they can have poor eyesight and hearing. As far as we can tell, this juvenile appears healthy. Risso’s dolphins often form nursery pods, which consist of mothers and their calves. They were most likely on the hunt for squid, their favorite food source.” Rare footage of owl swimming in US’ Lake Powell goes viral (Watch Video)
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They also uploaded pictures of the water animal taken in 2015 which now has yellow algae growing on it. Cummins also said that while the dolphin may look cute it always attracts health problems as there is no melanin to protects its skin. Social media users seem excited about the dolphin with most bewildered at nature’s creation.