Naturalists swimming in the Salish Sea on the weekend of April 3 -4, have spotted a pale whale. The animal named Tl’uk believed to be a rare example of leucism in killer whales, with a distinct pale complexion compared to its black and white pods. Visitors treated to another famous fin, as the chains, which have a distinct notched dorsal fin, were present. If the possibility of a white whale pronounced “H White Hall”, you are not alone in appreciating the parallels of the Moby Dick, even if it was technically a sperm whale (which literally makes the Ram boat, FYI).
However, the book (inspired by the ultra-true and painful story of Essex) follows Captain Ahab and his whalebone patty following a whale that could another albino that looks like this humpback. Instead of the famous whale (yes, we know, orcas dolphins) caught on camera in the Salisbury Sea last weekend, it is considered an example of leucism, a condition that causes many more pigments to grow than normal but still has some pigment, in contrast to colorlessness, full of pigment, defined by lack.
Similarly, a rare leucistic penguin recently spotted in South Georgia, which considered a rather interesting yellow change because of their hearing. Tl’uk named after the coastal arbitrator for “moon” and a familiar face to whale watchers in the area. Jeff Friedman of Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching in Friday Harbor, Washington told, “He is certainly a unique whale and the vision of him and his family is very memorable.” “Chainsaw’s sights are also memorable because it has such a unique and charismatic dorsal fin. They are both members of the Big (marine mammal-eating) killer whale that we often see in the Salish Sea.
Leukemia and melanism- a condition that gives rise to highly pigmented, often completely black animals – not considered clear indicators of poor animal health, but studies have shown that abnormal patterns are sometimes associated with reproductive and low reproductive success. Although the variety of coat types may not have a direct negative impact on the health of these animals, even standing outside the crowd can be a problem in preventing wild animals from selected as their mates.
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