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Iceberg (orca)

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.


The sightings were made during a research cruise off Kamchatka by a group of Russian scientists and students, co-led by Erich Hoyt, the long-time orca scientist, conservationist and author who is now a senior research fellow with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS). 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.<blockquote>"We've seen another two white orcas in Russia but they've been young, whereas this is the first time we've seen a mature adult,"</blockquote>


The cause of his unusual pigmentation is not known. The captive white orca, Chimo, suffered from Chediak-Higashi syndrome, a genetic condition that causes partial albinism as well as a number of medical complications. It is unconfirmed whether Iceberg's pigmentation is albinism. FEROP is hoping in future expeditions to find out. Category:Cryptids>Category:Cryptids Category:Cryptid Wiki>Category:Cryptid Wiki Category:Aquatic-based Cryptid>Category:Aquatic-based Cryptid Category:Oceanic Cryptids>Category:Oceanic Cryptids Category:Whales>Category:Whales Category:Mammals>Category:Mammals Category:Cetaceans>Category:Cetaceans {{CryptidsNavBox}}