Meet the Ginger Seal Who Became Known As The “Ugly Duckling” Due To His Distinctive Appearances In His Colony

 

This gorgeous orange ginger seal was just discovered in Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk. Albino seals like this one are thought to be extremely rare. “Experts think the possibilities of such a partial albino birth are one in 100,000,” according to the Daily Mail.

Because of its unusually colored hair and eyes, this ginger fur seal pup becomes an outsider in his colony. And because of his odd appearance, the pup is more likely to be rejected by the rookery.

Scientists operating in the vicinity have given the strange albino seal pup the nickname “Ugly Duckling.”

Credit: Sergey Fomin

The albino seal pup has not become a total pariah, according to scientist Vladimir Burkanov, who is now studying in the region, but there are symptoms of it being ostracized. Burkanov told the Daily Mail, “This pup appears well-fed and was extremely active, so its mother certainly gave it enough of milk.” “Other seals don’t pay it much attention, which is a little concerning, because something is wrong with it.”

Credit: Sergey Fomin

He wrote: “‘Ugly Duckling’—albino fur seals are a rare occurrence. They actually look more red than white. This is a clear albino without any pigmentation even in its eyes,”.
“But it is not getting chased or bitten”

Credit: Sergey Fomin

According to the scientist, albino seals are thought to have impaired eyesight, making it unlikely that they would successfully reproduce. The pup is currently being observed, and if it is rejected by other seals, wildlife experts are prepared to rescue it and deliver it to a dolphinarium.

After his video capturing the little albino seal, it went viral. Burkanov later posted another photo, but this time, it was a different albino seal that was spotted back in 2017 by photographer Sergey Fomin.

Credit: Sergey Fomin

“The animal was 2 or 3 years old and physically in good shape, even though it was clear it had poor sight,” Burkanov writes in his post. “The albino is now a mature bull of 5-6 years old. He did not participate in reproduction this season and was seen on the bachelor section of the rookery only. Perhaps this is the first documented case of the survival of a northern fur seal of an abnormal color to adulthood.”