(Tyuleniy Island, Russia) -- A fur seal with reddish brown hair and blue eyes appears to have been shunned from the seal colony in Tyuleniy Island, Russia.
Nature photographer Anatoly Strakhov first spotted the fur seal hiding under a pile of logs, far from the other seals that had congregated near the water.
Although the seal isn’t a true albino with white fur and skin, it does have albinistic features, said Dudley Wigdahl, curator for mammals and birds at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif.
Wigdahl estimates the pup is between three and four months old.
Fur seals are typically a dark chocolate brown, and appear almost black when wet — a sharp contrast to this young seal’s pink flippers and light-colored eyes.
Albino features often create problems for animals in the wild where they are more easily spotted by predators. Sometimes these animals also suffer from poor eyesight.
Although it seemed that the odds were against this pup, there’s a happy ending after all: a dolphinarium Strakhov works with is now taking care of the seal.
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