White Spinner Dolphin, Kona Hawaii

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    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."

    Cheers,
    Steve

    brodrock, Fr Antunes, lina.haselof, and 23 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Philip Kuntz 48 months ago | reply

      How wonderful! Excellent capture of this moving sight. Delightful!
      Thanks for the great link too!

    2. SteveD. 48 months ago | reply


      Pretty tough to sex a dolphin from a still photo, underwater, unless it's a female nursing. I read researchers in Australia are having some success with laser measuring of dorsal fins, and estimating surface area percentages of lesions (females) and/or scarring (males) on dorsal fins, to determine sex of individuals of well-studied populations. Thanks for looking!

    3. Todd Aki 48 months ago | reply

      Great capture!

    4. andrew-M 48 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot !

    5. billunder 48 months ago | reply

      Wow, an excellent sight

    6. Mulewings~ 48 months ago | reply

      The waters look pretty clear! Love the blue...and of course outstanding shot of a white dolphin. I've never seen one before.

    7. Ellie Stone 48 months ago | reply

      This shot rocks!!! So jealous =)

    8. Valesub 48 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot!

    9. funkyfoton 48 months ago | reply

      That's such a great sight. I love the way the white one is leading the pod.

    10. kc_y0 (Away for a while) 48 months ago | reply

      Wow! Great shot of the white dolphin :D They are all gorgeous!

    11. rosiespoonerphotos 48 months ago | reply

      Fabulous Steve. Do add to the P&S group. We have an underwater discussion thread too.
      Hi this is Rosie. www.flickr.com/groups/notslr/

    12. santiagocogollos 48 months ago | reply

      great moment too!

    13. blauepics 48 months ago | reply

      Superb capture!

    14. Momentos con Esencia 48 months ago | reply

      Bellisima toma!!!!!!!!!!
      Gracias, por mostrar este tipo de fotos, pocos realizan tomas acuáticas.Silvia.
      Mística natural
      Esta foto fue vista en ; Flickr Digital P&S Camera Club

    15. FrogfishPhotos 48 months ago | reply

      You are invited to add this wonderful image to
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      Please tag your photo "OrcaDivers"

    16. Christine Wales 48 months ago | reply

      Your UnderWater shot looks great!

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    17. Marco Paravella 48 months ago | reply

      Your UnderWater shot looks great!

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    18. Sequoia Hughes 47 months ago | reply

      Wow! Amazing find. Amazing composition.

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