There are some natural secrets that astonish us, and this unusual white penguin is one of them.
This penguin was spotted in November while on a tour of the Punta Vicente Roca location on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Archipelago with guide Jimmy Patio (Ecuador).
Fortunately, Jimmy was able to capture this uncommon white-plumed bird coexisting peacefully with a reptile nearly twice its size. In the Galapagos Islands, this penguin is exceedingly rare.
Their white colouring is most likely owing to a type of leucistic coloring, which means their feathers aren’t black like those of penguins.
Although trauma can produce leucistic coloring, it is most usually caused by a hereditary factor. Leucism differs from albinism in that the bird’s eyes and beak are of normal hue.
Although the bird’s identity has not been confirmed, it is thought to be a Galapagos penguin, or Spheniscus mendiculus, which is indigenous to the islands. A black head, two white lines extending from the eyes to the chin, and a black stripe on the neck distinguish Galapagos penguins.
The first time such an animal has been observed “in the history” of the archipelago, according to a representative for the Galapagos National Park.
“The scientists confirmed the guide’s version and believe this is a hereditary disorder known as leucism, which causes a partial loss of pigmentation in the plumage while preserving normal eye color, distinguishing it from albinos,” the Park official added. Galapagos National Park is a protected area in the Galapagos Islands.
However, unless the necessary tests are performed, specialists cannot be certain that leucistic colouring is the cause.
A wide variety of animals may be found at La Isabela. UNESCO designated the islands as a World Heritage Site in 1978.
Last month, the Galapagos National Park released a statement stating that the penguin population is doing well.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the Galapagos penguin as an endangered species and the flightless cormorant as vulnerable.
“The statistics from the most recent census of penguins and flightless cormorants show record numbers, indicating that their population is in good shape,” stated Paulo Proano, Minister of Environment and Water.
The initiatives of park rangers and scientists on the Islands are unquestionably generating favorable benefits. The decrease in human activity caused by the epidemic is said to have aided the expanding population.