An albino dolphin has been spotted off the coast of Italy by marine biologists.
It has never been previously recorded and represents one of only 20 dolphins in the world. WOW!
Marine researchers in Croatia have revealed how they have found a white bottlenose dolphin swimming in the waters between Italy and Croatia. The rare mammal was named Albus by the research team. It is the first albino spotted in the entire Mediterranean area. The white mammal, probably a male, was seen playing with a ‘normal’ dolphin. According to marine biologists, it appears to be in good health. Bottlenose dolphins are normally a grey colour but a gene mutation gives the albino variety white skin and pink eyes.
As reported by Plavi Svijet, a Croatian environmental organisation that spotted the white dolphin:
We have observed an extremely rare albino bottlenose dolphin (Albus). This appears to be the first one ever spotted in the entire Mediterranean Sea. Albus was, when we met, with another, normally coloured bottlenose dolphin. Both animals swam and fished, and almost completely ignored us. They are no weaker or less able than other dolphins but because of their colour they can be more vulnerable to predators.