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Rare albino whale is back in Baja, with calf

Gray whale was first spotted in the 2008-2009 season

An albino whale first spotted in the waters off the Baja peninsula in 2008-2009 is back, this time with a calf.

Nicknamed “Gallon of Milk,” the rare albino whale was first identified by scientists when it was a calf itself.

The whale reappeared this year during the season’s seventh whale census, in which 2,211 gray whales were counted in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon. Counting the whales is a practice carried out annually by the National Protected Areas Commission, or Conanp.

Gallon of Milk’s calf, unlike its mother, is gray in color.

The Ojo de Liebre lagoon, located in the municipality of Mulegé in Baja California Sur, is part of the Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve UNESCO World Heritage Site and the winter breeding grounds for the gray whale.

Monitoring the gray whale migration has been undertaken for the past 20 years, during which time officials have documented what they say is the successful recovery of the whale population.

Source: BCS Noticias (sp)

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