Jun 15, 2017 06:20 AM EDT
The crew of a boat recently caught a glimpse of an albino Risso's dolphin swimming in the Monterey Bay in California. The rare and young dolphin appeared to be healthy.
Passengers of the Blue Ocean Whale Watch boat watched a rare albino Risso's dolphin with its mother in the ocean water. According to Live Science, co-owner of the whale watching company, Kate Cummings, revealed that they first saw this albino dolphin on Sept. 29, 2015. This sea creature was also visible in 2014 in the Monterey Bay, and it is obvious that the animal was a calf at that time.
Cumming also uttered that this is the only albino Risso's dolphin present in the eastern Pacific. The visibility of the white albino dolphin is very rare. The key reason behind the dolphin's white skin color is that the melanin producing cells are not working properly in the sea creature's body.
Melanin helps to retain the required color of skin, eyes, and hair. In a word, this pigment maintains the coloration of the body skin. The albino Risso's dolphin also has pink eyes.
The essential thing is albino Risso's dolphin is very beautiful to look at, but these marine mammals often experience health problems. They are more prone to the skin problems as the deficit of melanin can't give their skin any protection from ultraviolet rays. These marine mammals also suffer from the hearing problem and poor eyesight. Though, the recently surfaced albino dolphin appeared healthy, according to Kate Cummings.
The Mail Online stated that albino Risso's dolphin is identifiable with their blunt, stout noses. The newborn dolphins usually possess the length between 3.5 feet to 5.5 feet. These marine mammals can cover three decades. They can have the lifespan of minimum 35 years.
The recently visible albino Risso's dolphin was easily distinguishable in the blue ocean due to its white color. The visibility of the albino animals in the wild is rare. Moreover, the sight of the albino sea creature is even very elusive.
Risso's dolphins are popular for forming the nursery pods that consist calves and their mothers. This young albino Risso's dolphin was also swimming with its mother in the water. They were probably searching for squid, their important food source.
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