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PROFEPA confirm Albino whale alive

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Official confirmation came yesterday from PROFEPA that the Albino whale recently spotted in Laguna Ojo del Liebre is alive and well.

Speculations arose last weekend with the stranding of a dead whale, just north of Todos Santos, that appeared very pale in color. However, after examination PROFEPA have stated the light colour of the whale was due to the advanced stage of decomposition and not due to the genetic condition of Albinism.

The whale is believed to have been dead for about 15 days when found. Sadly this meant that establishing the cause of death or stranding was not possible.   The whale was in fact an adult humpback about 14m in length.

But the good news is that the recently spotted Albino has been caught on camera swimming around Wire Island with a grey coloured calf.

The first time Albino mom has earned the nickname “Gallon of milk” and is believed to have returned this year to breed after not being seen since her birth in 2008.

Scientists from CONANP (National Commission of Natural Protected Areas), who are responsible for conducting the annual whale census, are hopeful that she will now return every 2-3 years to give birth.

So far this season CONANP has counted over two thousand grey whales in Laguna Ojo del Liebre, part of the world famous Biosphere Reserve El Vizcaino.  Of these, just over 10000 are thought to have been calves born in Mexico. A fantastic indicator of the growing health of a species that until very recently was in danger of extinction.  



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