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Discovery of the first white penguin in the Galapagos

Penguins carry a rare genetic mutation that causes the darker feathers on the head, back and wings to turn white.

Tour guides discovered white penguins on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago, The Havana Times reported on November 27. It is most likely the Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus), endemic to this archipelago. Unlike congeners with a black head, back and wings, it has a unique light coat color.

Penguins carry a rare genetic mutation that causes the darker feathers on the head, back and wings to turn white.

Tour guides discovered white penguins on Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago, The Havana Times reported on November 27. It is most likely the Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus), endemic to this archipelago. Unlike congeners with a black head, back and wings, it has a unique light coat color.

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