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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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Martin J Perry

    So when do we start the Capt.Ahab jokes?

    April 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tingle007

    Split your lungs with blood and thunder when you see the white whale break your backs and crack your oars and aim straight for his crooked brow and unleash hell. White whale holy grail white whale holy grail

    April 25, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. max

    So why didn't they nickname it Moby Dick?!

    April 25, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Piranha

      Must be a gang of Orcas mated with a Beluga, what are the chances?

      April 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. maria

    beautifull animals, thank God for creating such animals, only humans can find fault in them.Look his family loves him

    April 25, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Guest

    Advice to all you scientists out there. Stop harassing the darn thing. Let it be.

    April 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. oldsailor4

    since he is the only white one does he ride the back of the pod

    April 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve O.

    How much you wanna bet the other whales did not go: he's white, he must be of a different race. Stupid humans.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dante

    Wow. I love evolution and the diversity of the genetic pool. Just imagine what creatures evolution has created before us and will create in the future.

    April 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Spaz

    Amazing creature – Satan does incredible work.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gvseletricista

    It's really very interesting, it's unbelievable. A great work was made by the nature, I would say. Congratulations for the photographer. The picture is amazing. I would like to know a little bit more about the finish of this history.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kevin

    April 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Captain Ahab

    I'll follow him around the Horn, and around the Norway maelstrom, and around perdition's flames before I give him up!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy Floyd

      If Putin sees these pictures, Iceberg will probably be on his living room wall in a month.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mdmooser

    Beautiful shot. Hope they leave it alone. Anybody have a clue what mountains are in the background.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    Very cool indeed, but you shouldn't display such stories, China might out, capture it and only let countries it's friends with have a peek

    April 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sck596

    Huey – you're coments are getting boring ... zzzzzzz..

    Yes, we understand that it a genetic anomaly .... does not mean it is not beautiful and unique nonetheless. And the fact that it did make it into adulthood, in the wild, is kind of a big deal.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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