Iceberg (orca)

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Iceberg is the name of an all-white, mature male orca (killer whale) that was filmed and photographed in 2010 off the north-east coast of Russia. He is one of the first adult all-white orca bulls discovered in the wild.[1][2]


Researchers attached to the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP), co-founded and co-directed by Alexander M. Burdin and Erich Hoyt, first spotted the orca when its six-foot (two-metre) dorsal fin broke the surface near the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea in August 2010. He was living in a pod with 12 other orcas, and given the size of his dorsal fin was thought to be at least 16 years old.[1][2]


It is unconfirmed whether Iceberg's pigmentation is albinism or leucism. FEROP is hoping in future expeditions to find out.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Russian scientists seeking white whale -- really". Fox News. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "White killer whale adult spotted for first time in wild". BBC News. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012.

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