Rare Albino Whale Gallon Of Milk Spotted Off Mexico Coast

Posted: Mar 5 2016, 3:53am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Rare Albino Whale Gallon of Milk Spotted off Mexico Coast
  • Rare Albino whale nicknamed ‘Gallon of Milk’ spotted on video!

The Albino gray whale was caught on footage swimming off the coast of Mexico during a census by CONANP.

Mexican officials recently spotted a rare albino gray whale seen swimming off the coast of Mexico. The officials have released footage of a rare whale swimming on Facebook.

The whale was nicknamed ‘Gallon of Milk’ when it was first spotted as a calf in 2008. The female ‘Gallon of Milk’ was last seen in 2009 by scientists in the area.

Now after its first sighting ‘Gallon of Milk’ was spotted with her baby calf. It seems ‘Gallon of Milk’ had been busy adapting to parent life in her absence from the spotlight. 

The Mexican National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) spotted the whale. The CONANP was in the midst of a census of whales. Scientists in the Mexican area have been monitoring the population of gray whales for over 20 years.

The re-productivity of the whales is especially monitored to make sure the whale population is growing. A census is also conducted by the scientists to see what families the whales belong to.

The scientists were especially keen to document the calf of ‘Gallon of Milk’.  The census is carried out annually and was what documented the welcome sight. The CONANP also stated their census showed 2,211 gray whales in the area. 

‘Gallon of Milk’ has the condition called albinism. Albinism is a gene mutation that results in a sharp reduction or lack of pigment. Albinism is rarely ever seen or documented in marine mammals. The fact makes ‘Gallon of Milk’ all the more special to the marine scientific community. 

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