White Killer Whale Spotted
Orca, nicknamed 'Iceberg' spotted off Kamchatka
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2012 10:57 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Nobody tell Ahab. Scientists have spotted what they believe is the first adult white killer whale ever off the coast of Kamchatka, the BBC reports. While white orcas aren't unheard of, all recorded sightings have been of young specimens. "This is the first time we've seen a mature adult," one researcher said. They've nicknamed the creature "Iceberg." In the video, Iceberg is surrounded by ordinary killer whale fins, so he "seems to be fully socialized."

Researchers aren't sure why some killer whales are born white. They are considering taking a biopsy from Iceberg, but say they won't unless there's a conservation reason to do so. They are, however, hoping for more close-up observations, including getting a look at what color his eyes are.

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kokuaguy
Apr 23, 2012 7:09 PM CDT
Keep your stinking paws off the ORCA !!! Leave it the FUCK ALONE !!!
fractal
Apr 23, 2012 2:38 PM CDT
Are they sure its a "he", or did our summarizer just assume that? Either way, a whale with pink eyes could be mighty interesting.
finkster
Apr 23, 2012 12:47 PM CDT
All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks: But it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, That mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever present perils of life Moby Dick