01 Dec '11, 5am

Rare Albino Snail Discovered in New Zealand

Rare Albino Snail Discovered in New Zealand

New Zealand Department of Conservation /via Given their propensity for a less-than-speedy gait, it's no wonder snails evolved to blend in with their surroundings -- but for one snail in particular, genetics had other things in mind. Recently, while exploring the undergrowth in New Zealand's Kahurangi National Park, a group of hikers made an extraordinary discovery: a giant, albino Powelliphanta snail seeming to cope quite well with its bright-white appearance. The find is so rare, in fact, that even snail experts say this is only the second time they've ever seen anything like it. The unusual snail was spotted by members of the Waimea Tramping Club on a trek through a forest on New Zealand's South Island. Bill Brough, one of the first to see it, knew immediately they'd stumbled on something very special. "Our group had seen three or four snails already that morning as it h...

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