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. Thane Kerner

    Looks to be the same color as that UFO that was supposedly flying around the WTC on 9/11/2001.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mojo100k

    this is amazing!!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Electroguy

    Dont tell Jesse and Al... they dont like all white anything...

    April 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Julian Culpepper

    Dude, guys you better keep those albino whales alive.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fritz

    Wow! I hope they can get more video of this creature without disturbing him. I would love to see him in action close up. What a thrill!

    April 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ellen Claire Kowit

    I hope that they leave this wonderful animal alone.

    April 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nono

      I couldn't agree more!

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    • Ventagegirl

      What? Repeat that in russian, please.

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