During the exhibition of tourist activities to the north of Isabela Island, in the Galapagos Islands – Ecuador, a guide was able to observe something never seen before, it was a completely white penguin, which according to experts bird suffers from a genetic condition called leucism.
This condition causes partial loss of pigmentation of the plumage or fur of the animals, which differs from albinism in that with leucism, the natural colour of the eyes is maintained. The workers of the Galapagos National Park (PNG) comment that cases of leucism or albinism have previously been known in some animals, such as lizards, sharks, and lobsters, among others; being that of the penguin, the first case recorded so far.
The penguin that inhabits the archipelago is one of the smallest species in the world. It is approximately 35 centimetres tall. In addition, these small animals are the only ones of their species that live on the equator, so those in charge of supervising and observing this population do it in the best way to ensure their well-being and survival.
During the current year, the highest number of these beautiful animals was presented, going from 1,451 to 1,940, which means that the population is healthy.
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