Photographer and guide Jimmy Patino captured the unique Snow White Penguin in November. He met an unusual bird in the area of Punta Vicente Roca on the Isabela island in the Galapagos.
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It is noteworthy that the eyes and beak of the white penguin have a natural colour, which is not typical for albinism. Scientists believe the bird’s unusual colour is caused by leucism, a rare disease that causes loss of pigmentation. But to find out for sure, specialists will have to isolate the white penguin and conduct a genetic analysis.
It is noted that scientists find animals with leucism on the Galapagos Islands quite often, but a completely white penguin met people for the first time, writes the Daily Mail.