A rare albino killer whale (Orca whale) has been spotted for the first time after four years in far east Russia. Scientist feared that the albino whale named Iceberg passed away since it hasn’t been seen since Spring 2012.
The white whale was spotted by American researcher Erich Hoyt from the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) off the coast of Russia’s Kuril Islands. Iceberg is a very special orca since scientists have never seen an all white orca. Hoyt says, “This is the first time we have ever seen an all-white, mature male orca… it’s a breath takingly beautiful animal.”
When Iceberg was first spotted in August 2010 near the Commander Islands in the North Pacific, he was living in a pod with 12 family members. Orcas are special animals since they hunt and stay with their families their whole life.
After researching Iceberg and his pod in 2012, Hoyt says, “Iceberg seems to be fully socialized; we know that these fish-eating orcas stay with their mothers for life, and as far as we can see he’s right behind his mother with presumably his brothers next to him.”
Truly an intelligent species with a caring family. Since Iceberg has been spotted again, scientist are doing all that they can to study him. They are curious about how this white orca survived and how his health fares in comparison to his normal (not albino) siblings.
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