Rare white killer whale spotted off Russian coast

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 08:02 in Biology & Nature

Sighting in waters off Kamchatka peninsula is believed to be first time an adult white orca has been spotted in wildScientists have glimpsed a white adult orca, or killer whale, while on a research expedition off the far eastern coast of Russia.The sighting in waters off the Kamchatka peninsula is believed to be the first time such a whale has been spotted in the wild.Researchers said the marine mammal, whom they nicknamed Iceberg, was swimming with its mother and siblings, and appeared to be fully accepted by its 12-strong family.White whales are not unheard of, but only young white orcas are thought to have been recorded by marine conservationists before.The whale was spotted by a group of scientists on a research cruise co-led by Erich Hoyt of the Far East Russia Orca Project."We've seen three white orcas in the past few years, but this is the very first time we've...

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