Woman Captures Video of Ultra-Rare Baby Albino Dolphin Swimming in Florida

Spotting a dolphin in its wild habitat is always a precious experience. But for one lucky observer, it was made even more special. Earlier this week, Caitlin Mackey caught a glimpse of an ultra-rare albino dolphin calf—and recorded it on camera for the world to see.

WTSP Tampa Bay reported on the sighting, which occurred in Clearwater, Florida. Mackey shared her clip of the all-white calf swimming alongside another calf and a larger dolphin on Facebook.

As the footage begins, the dolphins' bodies are just visible under the water. But as they swim closer to the camera, it becomes clear that one in particular is a striking shade of bright white, especially compared to the standard gray hue of its companions.

"Incredible footage of our local wildlife!" Mackey captioned her video.

Incredible footage of our local wildlife! Rare albino baby dolphin! 🐬 ☀️ ❤️

After Mackey's sighting at the Clearwater Basin Marina, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium followed up with a Facebook post of their own.

"There have been recent sightings of a dolphin calf with atypical white colorization in Clearwater Bay," they wrote, alongside an adorable photo of the cheerful albino calf poking its head out of the water.

"This animal is a known bottlenose dolphin calf named Cherub," they added. "As part of our Wild Dolphin Research Program, we have observed the mother, Guardian, since 2013 and estimate that Cherub is less than one year old."

Notably, Cherub "has a healed injury resulting in partial loss of one fluke," but other than that, the calf "appears in good condition and has displayed normal behavior."

The aquarium also offers a reminder to anyone in the area hoping for a dolphin sighting of their own. "We wanted to share a friendly reminder that dolphins are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act which makes it illegal to harass, feed, hunt, capture or kill any marine mammal," they wrote.

"Boaters should keep at least 50 yards distance from any dolphins, reduce speeds and never chase, feed or harass dolphins and other protected marine species in any way that may endanger them or disrupt their natural behavior in their habitats."

After seeing Mackey's video, Facebook users have fallen in love with Cherub.

"Thank you for sharing with the world," wrote one commenter.

"Is that cool or what!! I've never seen one before!" added another.

Sightings of albino dolphins are extremely rare, and they've only been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico a handful of times. Pinky, an albino dolphin in Louisiana, gained national attention when it was first seen in 2007 and has been the subject of news coverage ever since.

Swimming Dolphins
While most dolphins feature the standard gray coloring, like those shown above, there are rare instances where they can be all-white or even pink. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images