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22 June 2018

Rare White Orca Returns

WDC friends and colleagues studying orcas in Russia -  the Far East Russian Orca Project (FEROP) - have encountered one of the rare white orcas off the Commander Islands, about 100 miles off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.

The researchers were delighted to see the orca, known as Mama Tanya, who is an albino, as they have not spotted her for 8 years (she was last seen in the area in 2010).  There are thought to be between five and eight orcas Research indicates that between 5-8 white orcas (albinos) altogether in this population. This population appears to contain more white orcas than any other, the most famous being a male orca known as Iceberg.

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Rare white orca

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