Just over amonth ago, divers diving off the coast of Darwin(Galapagos) were stunned by the sight of a 33ft albino whale shark.
Bothcreatures are believed to be white because of a lack of pigmentation in theskin but they are expected to gradually turn to a darker colour as the years goby.
The female whale shark,believed to be the only one of its kind, was first spotted by diver andnaturalist Antonio Moreano in the Galapagos islandswhen he took a group of tourists on a nature cruise. From the size and shape ofits fins, Mr Moreano identified the albino animal as a female.
According to a newspaperarticle in the Daily Mail, Mr. Moreano reported that “all whale sharks found inDarwin’s Archare big fat females, we have never seen a male or at least I haven’t. There is big mystery about our whale shakes:they all show up at Darwin and Wolf from June until November and they all go incircles around the arch dive sites.”
The whale shark is thelargest known fish and can measure between 50 to 60ft in length and up to 10tons in weight.
Usually a blend of bluesprinkled with white spots, the whale shark ranges all tropical waters, it isconsidered to be harmless to humans.