White Spinner Dolphin, Kona Hawaii

Here's a white spinner dolphin mixed in with all his grey buddies. Not true albino. Very cool seeing one of these - stands out in a crowd even at 60' depth.


"Albinism has been documented in 20 cetacean species, including humpback whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, and bottlenose dolphins. White (not necessarily true albinos) killer whales and southern right whales have also been documented recently. Some animals do have pigment, but it is not expressed well, and these animals are white or lighter-colored than usual, but not true albinos. These animals have dark eyes. This condition is called leucism, and occurs when pigment is expressed only in certain regions of the body."





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Taken on March 28, 2011