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Rare Albino Dolphin Calf Brightens Up Monterey Bay

posted: 10/06/15
by: Discovery News
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An albino Risso's dolphin calf was spotted by lucky whale watchers and crew members during a tour in the waters of Monterey Bay, Calif.

"We spotted the albino Risso's dolphin calf today!" the whale watching tour company Blue Ocean Whale Watch wrote on its Facebook page, noting the bleached beauty was swimming with its mother and a couple of hundred other Risso's dolphins out where Monterey Bay gives way to the Pacific Ocean.

 

The company referred to it as "the" dolphin calf because the rare creature is a bit of a celebrity and has been seen before in the area, but not since back in January. "Very happy to see it thriving!" they wrote.

Risso's dolphins are the lone representatives of the grampus genus and, at a typical length of about 10 feet and weight of up to 1,000 pounds, they're the biggest species of dolphin. Their range is worldwide, and the bulbous-headed marine mammals prefer temperate to tropical waters. They travel in pods of as few as 40 to as many as 400.

This post originally appeared on Discovery News

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