Posts Tagged ‘albino’
OMG, It’s Mini-Moby, the “Most Recognizable Porpoise in the Bay Area” – Extremely Rare – Almost All WhiteMonday, May 13th, 2013
Here you go, from the National Wildlife Federation, California:
Photo by Golden Gate Cetacean Research
Via Nikki Silverstein of the Pacific Sun comes the news:
“The bay has turned out to be a treasure trove for the investigators. In the five years since Stern saw that first pod of porpoises there, the GGCR has assembled a comprehensive photographic catalog of the species. It has identified 575 different porpoises, each with unique scarring or pigmentation. Included in the catalog is an extremely rare white porpoise, nicknamed Mini-Moby. In the past 100 years, worldwide, there have been only six other documented reports of white porpoises. A number of “citizen scientists” have reported white porpoise sightings to the GGCR, some sending photos snapped from fishing boats and the bridge. “This is the most recognizable porpoise in the Bay Area,” says Keener.”
Claude’s Sweet 16 at NightLife: Birthday Party for Albino Alligator at the Cal Academy a Huge SuccessFriday, September 16th, 2011
I showed up late at last night’s NightLife so I wasn’t able to squeeze in at the Swamp – here’s the best shot I have of the crowd while it sang “Happy Birthday” to San Francisco’s favorite reptile:
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Adults only at this weekly Night at the Museum get-together:
See you there next week!
Bon Anniversaire, Claude! California Academy of Sciences Offers Fish Cupcakes to Special Albino AlligatorWednesday, September 15th, 2010
KTVU TV has the best video of the affair, AFAICS (and there’s no pesky commercial so that’s a bonus).
The observation galleries were filled with sciencey-types:
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Claude knew something was going on – he was looking upwards like a pup about to get a special treat:
A couple of human birthday boys brought over the special cupcakes as Director of Communications Stephanie Stone emcee’d the affair:
Then the chief gator wrangler went over the wall and down the ladder – once more into the breach, dear friends:
She quickly tamed the hungry beast and kept it under control until…
…the special gatorcakes came down:
Then it was a frenzy:
Chewing, sort of:
…but not all. Here, some green “frosting” ends up landing on his snout:
Afterwards, there were plenty of regular cupcakes to go around for those born on 9-15:
Joyeux anniversaire! Bonne fête!
See you next year.
Claude the Alligator Turns 15 Years Old Tomorrow – Visit the California Academy of Sciences to CelebrateTuesday, September 14th, 2010
Tail study, port side:
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See you there!
“Claude, the Academy’s albino alligator, will celebrate his “golden birthday” in September– that is, he’s turning 15 on the 15th day of the month. Visit between Sept. 8-15 and help us celebrate with gator-themed craft activities in the Naturalist Center (located on Level 3, near the planetarium exit). Make an alligator-inspired birthday hat, or color in a birthday cake for Claude. After all, just because his “birthday suit” is all white, that doesn’t mean his cake has to be!
Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 9:30am, gather around the Swamp for a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday,” and watch as aquarium staff present the reptilian star with cupcakes made of gator chow, and decorated with tasty fruit and flowers. Do you share a birthday with Claude (9/15/1995)? Let us know, and tell us what your favorite b-day treat is (probably not gator chow!).”
This is the scene at the back entrance to the California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park during the early hours of a recent nightLife night – it’s famous Claude the Albino Alligator chilling in his crib, the Swamp. Unseen is Bonnie the banal, non-albino gator who cut him with a quickness earlier this year.
But Claude’s back in action these days, better than ever. Take a visit to check it out – you can actually see the dino damage suffered by this crafty crocodilian from the railing high above. Let’s have a look-see:
The mise-en-scene. See how big he is? Click to expand:
Now it’s time for the close-ups. Here’s Claude from last year – you can see five digits, right?
And here’s Claude these days. It’s underwater, but you can see just a nub where his starboard pinkie foretoe used to be. (The rumor that Bonnie is in fact innocent and that San Francisco Chronicle Editor-at-Large Phil Bronstein got in his old wetsuit and attacked Claude’s right foot yelling “lagarto vendetta!” all the while is simply that – just a rumor with no proof whatsoever.)
It always appears as if he’s looking up at the visitors to the Cal Academy – is he wishing for someone to fall in?
Can you see the fish in the photo above – it got snapped up a few seconds later. Chomp chomp.
Good for you, Claude. Get those fish, get ’em all.