Albino whale spotted off Chile coast

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A rare albino whale has been sited off the coast of Chile by a number of surfers.

The surfers spotted two rare Southern Right Whales – and one of them was an albino whale.

The completely white calf was closely following its mum as they swam around the shores of the Chile, which is unusual as the creatures are normally found near Argentina hundreds of miles away.

Albinism comes from the latin word meaning ‘white’. It is a disorder that results in the absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to the absence of tyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme. This makes the skin of the animal white in colour.

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  1. omg! why was a rare animal found from some surfers? i wish i could see a real albino whale. do we have to go to chile coast to see one. why are albino whales so rare? how did the surfers spot the albino whale?

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