White Killer Whale Spotted

Orca, nicknamed 'Iceberg' spotted off Kamchatka
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012 10:57 AM CDT

(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."

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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. (Read more killer whale stories.)

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