23 April 2012
Rare White Orca Spotted Off Russia
Whale scientists working off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia have photographed and filmed a pure white male orca, or killer whale. One of the first sightings of its kind.
'Iceberg', as he has been named, seems happy and healthy, and is leading a normal life with other orcas in his pod. His dorsal fin is a good two-metres high which means he is at least 16 years old.
You can watch film and see more photos on the BBC's news site.
WDCS funded the Far East Russia Orca Project (or FEROP) for a number of years. And one of the project's leader's, Erich Hoyt, is a senior researcher with WDCS.