ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Albino Whale, Baby Giraffe, More

ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Albino Whale, Baby Giraffe, More
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Flinder's Bay, Australia, August 26, 2008--A rare albino southern right whale calf frolics in waters off the coast of Western Australia. It is believed to be one of only ten white whales in the world.

Locals named the eight-week-old mammal Wilgi Manung, which is an aboriginal name for white whale. It will swim to the Antarctic for summer feeding in about a month.

The IUCN lists the southern right whale as a "lower risk, conservation dependent" species.
—Photograph by whales-australia.com/Steve Mitchell/Reuters
 
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