Albino whale “Gallon of Milk” makes second Mexican appearance

Albino whale "Gallon of Milk" makes second Mexican appearanceA female albino whale affectionately known as “Gallon of Milk” made her first appearance in seven years in an annual whale census off Mexico’s Pacific coast.

The gray whale made a surprise appearance in a video, as Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) was doing a routine whale count. And what may be more interesting than Gallon of Milk’s first sighting since 2009 is the appearance of a gray calf alongside her. That suggests that Gallon of Milk may have become a mother in the interim.

“In the recent sighting, this time in the area known as Alambre Island in the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Gallon of Milk was accompanied by a calf that was completely gray, which must mean she has become a mother for the first time,”  read a CONANP bulletin.

Gallon of Milk is an unusual case among the whale species by virtue of her being an albino whale. The gene mutation albinism, which causes a lack of pigmentation in sufferers, is especially rare among marine mammals such as whales, though it is far more common in other types of mammals, as well as birds and reptiles.

A total of 2,211 gray whale specimens were counted in the recent census, with 1,0004 of them being whale calves born in Mexico.