Albino Dolphin found in Baia da Babitonga, Brazil with Brazilian Dolphins (Photo)

By on Dec 2, 2011 in Animals, Science, South America, World Comments
Albino Dolphin at Baia da Babitonga, in Santa Catarina state, Brazil
Albino dolphin picture at Baia da Babitonga, Brazil
Image Credit: Projeto Toninhas

A rare albino dolphin was found swimming along with several endangered species by Brazilian biologists in the area of Baia da Babitonga, Brazil. The albino dolphin known in Brazil as Toninha, belongs to the pontoporia blainvillei species, a shy type of dolphin that rarely jumps out of the water, according to reports by several international news sites on Friday, December 2, 2011.

Camilla Meirelles Sartori, lead researcher from Univille University in Santa Catarina, said that the first sighting of the white calf with pinkish fins occurred in October. The research team was able to take pictures of the rare albino dolphin in early November. According to Sartori, they “were surprised, shocked.” She described that dolphin as “very small, and the color is really different. We didn’t know what it was at first.”

The albino dolphin is known in Argentina and Uruguay as the La Plata or Franciscana dolphin.

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