'Needle in a Haystack': Rarely Seen Albino Risso's Dolphin Spotted Off California Coast

A rarely seen albino Risso’s dolphin swam alongside a pod of 30 to 50 companions off the coast of Dana Point, California, on May 15.

Footage posted by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching shows the white dolphin making an appearance in the ocean, revealing its almost all-white body.

Captain Chase Moore told Storyful that discovering the white dolphin was like “finding a needle in a haystack”.

Somewhere between 11,000 and 16,000 Risso’s dolphins live near California and the Pacific Northwest coast, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website. The dolphin’s skin color fades from “black, dark gray, or brown to pale gray or almost white” as it ages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website. Credit: DanaWharf.com via Storyful

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