Albino Alevin Discovery

Rarely, maybe a couple a season, WCSWEC finds an albino salmon among our tiny, developing salmon, as shown in the picture below! These salmon are a favorite with school groups and something to look for when they are larger and in the rearing pond.

Albinism is usually inherited, but may be due to genetic mutation, diet, age, disease, or injury. Since Albinism, when inherited, is a recessive trait, both parents carrying the trait could look normal and spawn a salmon with Albinism. Chromatophores are the specialized cells that contain and produce pigments, and are responsible for producing skin and eye color in many types of animals. Cyanophore is a bluish pigment that is unique to fish and amphibians.

Another odd example of weird salmon pigmentation is when their meat is white, as compared to the usual red meat. Salmon get their usual red color from eating small crustaceans which contain carotenoid, a red-orange pigment. When salmon lack the ability to metabolize this pigment, they can have meat that is white.