Chimo (killer whale)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: cetacea
Genus: Orcinus
Species: O. orca

Chimo (also known as T4), was a young female orca exhibited in Sealand of the Pacific in South Oak Bay at The Oak Bay Marina, near the city of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada from 1970 to 1972. Chimo was notable for being the only partially albino orca ever exhibited in captivity. Years before her capture, another pure white orca was spotted in what is suspected to be the same pod, this orca was named "Alice", Alice was never captured and vanished in the 1960s. Chimo was captured when trying to find a mate for the park's star attraction, Haida. After her capture, Sealand became famous. Chimo's probable mother was another orca by the name of Scarredjaw Cow (T3). She was captured alongside Chimo. Chimo died in 1972 from complications caused by Chediak-Higashi Syndrome, the syndrome which caused her albinism. Chimo never bore any calves.[1] In 2009, a healthy male killer whale was spotted in the Alaskan Peninsula by a fishing vessel, this male too was almost completely white.

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