White moose not an albino seen from Norway to Canada and US

There is an interesting herd of moose near Foleyet, Ontario

Their notwhite_moose albino but possibly melanismic, because although these moose are white, their coats darken in the summer and turn lighter in the winter. The the coat seems to reflect light differently at different angles.

“The white moose is neither albino, nor a separate species or subspecies, they have brown eyes and brown dots on their fur. These rare moose resulted from mating between both a bull and cow carrying a recessive gene (Image 1)

white non-albino moose eating



White moose are seen from Norway to Canada and down into the United States. They are so uniquely beautiful they deserve our protection.





Resources

Images 1. Courtesy of Biology -Online.org biology-online.org/biology-forum209#p983

Image 2. Courtesy of Fox News weather.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/04/01/842/

Other reading: www.snopes.com/photos/animals/albinomoose


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2 Comments

  1. breathe4u said,

    October 31, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Such a beautiful creature. Maybe evolution in the making to protect the moose in the winter from it’s biggest known predator…MAN? Possibly the Arctic fox,Hare Siberian dwarf hamster,even. Changing color naturally for protection?

  2. alaskaseafox said,

    March 10, 2012 at 5:09 am

    That may be your perspective, but man generally is done hunting moose before the snow hits, by law. After the snow hits their primary predator does take advantage of the snow, and that would be the wolf. They are beautiful though and I don’t know if I could make myself shoot one myself as I hunt to subsist not for trophies on my wall and would rather photograph that one, and whisper a little prayer for it to perpetuate. Or not, I guess it depends on how hungry I am, I am after all, a predator.


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