All-white killer whale spotted off Russia
Iceberg, an all white adult male killer whale, swims with his pod off the coast of Russia.
April 23rd, 2012
01:53 PM ET

All-white killer whale spotted off Russia

The world's only known all-white male killer whale has been spotted in the Pacific Ocean off Russia, scientists announced Monday.

The orca, dubbed "Iceberg" by the scientists, was spotted swimming with a pod of 12 others. Iceberg has a 6.5-foot-high dorsal fin and is at least 16 years old, according to a blog post by Erich Hoyt, co-director of the Far East Russia Orca Project.

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The pod was spotted by scientists from universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the waters around the Commander Islands off the Kamchatka Peninsula. The area is part of a marine reserve.

Hoyt wrote that two other white orcas have been seen in area, but that Iceberg is the first fully grown male.

“In many ways, Iceberg is a symbol of all that is pure, wild and extraordinarily exciting about what is out there in the ocean waiting to be discovered,” Hoyt said in a statement.

Hoyt wrote that researchers will return to the waters where Iceberg was spotted this summer in hopes of finding the creature again and determining whether he is an albino or if there is some other reason for his white color.

The researchers hope the presence of Iceberg will help efforts to expand marine reserves along the Russian coast, they said in the statement.

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  1. GD

    Can you say, Photoshop?

    April 24, 2012 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
    • dakotawind

      I personally saw the moving clip of this whale. I am not sure you can photoshop a moving picture yet.

      April 24, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • sck596

      I have seen other photos and video of this whale. Sorry this one is not PS

      April 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Pinell

      To the guy about "photoshopping a moving image..yet." : Actually, it's quite ez to do. Most high-end video programs will do it. E.g. Adobe Premiere Pro. I haven't seen the video so I can't offer an opinion. I can see this image being photoshopped. I'd have to see the video to evaluate if it was doctored...

      April 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Pinell

      Ok, I looked at video and other photos. It COULD have been faked but would have taken many, many hours of work to achieve that level of quality. It's almost certainly real. Let's hope the world leaves that Orca alone.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jt_flyer

    Don't worry it won't take long for humanity to kill it. It's what we do best.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Pinell

      No doubt.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    Call me Ishmael........I'd better go inform the captain about this sighting arrrghhh.......She Breaches.................................All save one shall follow......Arrrghhhh

    April 24, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark Nakazono

    This clearly looks Photoshopped. Look how close the two large whales are to each other and how similar the shape is of those two dorsal fins. And no wake?

    April 24, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • sck596

      Nope – not PS. I've seen photos from other angles and video ...

      April 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cynthia Wright

    Some people just won't believe their own eyes. Oh yes. The world is flat and there's no such thing as global warming. Fools!

    April 24, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Way to tell the whole story

    Such a shame that they left out the part about how scientists first found this whale in August of 2010, but waited to release the information so that they could study it without the interference of others trying to find him because he was such an oddity. Iceberg is not really breaking news in the scientific community. It's just sad that they needed to keep it quiet to protect the animal for as long as they did.

    I bet the execs over at Sea World are just drooling over the thought of getting a white whale for themselves...

    April 24, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Marcus

    It's just albino whale. Why does CNN feel this is news worthy? I don't see them do stories on albino people.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • FactsOnly

      Let's see, here. You don't like the story therefore CNN is wrong to have run the story. You an only child? Didn't get enough hugs from Mommy and so you're taking it out on everyone else?

      If you don't like the story, don't read it.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      Agree 100%!!!

      April 24, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • rachbell

      Nature is more interesting these days since so many humans are destroying it. Might as well see it while you can, because in the future it won't be there. And it's a scientific fact that while the higher percentage of albino animals are truly albino, there are rare white animals that are not albino [i.e., the white tail deer of western NY].

      AND, stories like these are much more interesting than the mostly crap stories of athletes, movies stars, etc.

      April 24, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • JWILL

      Atleast it is a good short story... breaks up the monotony of all the bad news we get. I think we all need a break from that!

      April 24, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Because we've seen plenty of albino people. We have not seen plenty of albino killer whales. That means it's "unique."

      April 24, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jordan.v

    i never new that there was white killer whales
    but if any of you did not notice nere were two others but the one that they were talking about
    is the first fully grown male..

    April 24, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shouldn't report this

    CNN shouldn't have reported this. Scientist may be happy, but this will become a trophy piece.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. MawcDrums

    White whale, holy grail!

    April 24, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. call me ishmal

    "'There she blows!- there she blows! A hump like a snow-hill! It is Moby-Dick!'"

    April 24, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dolores

    Moby Dick lives!

    April 24, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. cajuntide

    This is cool because most white animals dont live this long in the wild. I just hope that scientist dont jack with it so much they endanger it.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |

    WOW! THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Now, let's see how long it will take man to kill it!

    April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. EVN

    The photo doesn't look real. The white fin, attached to a big body, is colliding with a slightly bigger black fin, attached to an even bigger body.

    April 24, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
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