Albino whale in Mexico – level 2

12-10-2023 15:00

Albinism happens when an animal or a human is born with very little or without the pigment melanin that makes colour in the skin.

People see it in mammals, birds and reptiles, but rarely in marine mammals, until the 2008 to 2009 season of the grey whale migration near Mexico.

During that season, experts saw a young albino whale. Now, the experts study grey whales off the Pacific Coast and see the albino whale again. She swims with her baby that is normal-coloured.

Difficult words: pigment (colour), melanin (the colour of hair or skin), albino (very white skin).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What other albino animals have been discovered in the wild?


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