Albino Animal Extravaganza

All the rage this week on the big bad web is the big bad albino orca. It swims around the big dark ocean intimidating other sea creatures with its big white…The…ummm…big glowing specimen was spotted aboard the NOAA RV Oscar Dyson with its pod about two miles off Kanaga Volcano, part of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, on February 23. At the time, Kodiak-based Oscar Dyson was on a research expedition for NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, assessing pollock fish stocks near Steller sea lion haulout sites.


So how many other cracker creatures are there?

An Albino Grey Nurse Shark spotted at Australian’s best known diving and fishing spot Fish Rock.

One of seven rare albino alligators from a zoo in Brazil

Albino White-Spotted Ratfish caught during a marine survey in Washington’s Puget Sound

The exotic albino fish named Earl taken during the West Bladenboro Baptist Church Trip to Fort Fisher

Same Albino Ratfish as above.

Tiny Albino Leatherback

Albino Blue Crab from Chesapeake Bay.

Albino American Lobster with a claw missing.

Albino Leopard Slug

Albino Chinese Softshell Turtle

Albino SandTiger Shark


Albino Monkfish

Albino Pilot Whale

Albino Cannonball Jellyfish

Albino Stingray

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

8 Replies to “Albino Animal Extravaganza”

  1. I believe the orca is actually just white and not an albino. At least thats what I read elsewhere. There WAS an albino orca in captivity once, named Chimo.

  2. There’s a page on albinos in “Ripley’s believe it or not!: The Remarkable…Revealed.” On it there’s a kangaroo, a blackbird, a chimp, a squirrel, a gorilla, a hedgehog, and an alligator.

  3. The albino rattail is ethereal, almost beautiful and majestic.

    Too bad its just a stupid fish.

  4. No! I love them! Especially sauteed in garlic lemon butter with a dallop of creamy dill sauce. Or beer-battered with chips with a nice hefty stout.

  5. that second photo looks like there is some black underneath that yellowness. Could it be possible that something was spilled on it? It looks like around the eye is the actual white normality seen in an Orca but the rest seems like a faded black.

    btw, i love this blog. I check it every day. keep it up! u update me on my childhood dreams that just didn’t work out!

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