SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--"Patches" the speckled dolphin has been spotted off the coast of San Diego.
A naturalist with the American Cetacean Society saw Patches and 40 other offshore bottlenose dolphins Monday. Robin Lowe said the group was swimming northwest.
Lowe said Patches has Leucism, a condition in which a reduction in melanin causes a partial loss of pigmentation, resulting in white or patchy skin coloration.
Danielle Faffer, a naturalist with San Diego Whale Watch, says sightings of Patches are rare. The dolphin has been seen between San Diego and Palos Verdes a few times since it was first seen in 2006.