Rare white crocodile spotted in Australia’s Northern Territory

Image capture of video via CBS News' YouTube account
  • A rare white crocodile named Pearl was spotted in Australia’s Northern Territory
  • Pearl was spotted by Wildlife Guide Mike Keighley along the Adelaide River
  • Pearl is not an albino crocodile, but suffers from a condition known as “hypomelanism”

A rare white crocodile was spotted by tourists in Australia’s Northern Territory last Monday.

The crocodile goes by the name of “Pearl” and was seen by tourists on a crocodile sighting boat tour along the Adelaide River.

Despite exhibiting a white complexion, experts say that Pearl is not an albino crocodile, but suffers from a condition known as “hypomelanism”.

This means that Pearl is more vulnerable in the wild “because it stands out from all the other crocs,” says Wildlife Guide Mike Keighley.

Keighley claims to have spotted Pearl nearly 5 weeks ago, before tourists started posting pictures of Pearl on the Internet.

Tourists were ecstatic to see such a rare creature reveal itself during their boat tour. Overall, they enjoyed the scenic landscape of the infamous Adelaide River found in the historical landmark of Litchfield National Park.

Check out Pearl, the rare white crocodile, in this Youtube video via CBS News down below:

 

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