Oceanographers and biologists from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) have discovered the first wild white killer whale. Copy that swim in waters that bathe the shores of Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia’s Far East.
This is an adult male, named Iceberg by researchers, based on its color white. Iceberg appears to be healthy and live a normal life within its group of killer whales.
Iceberg is the first killer whale observed free in nature. Cases of albinism have been reported in various species of whales and dolphins, but the orcs (or killer whales, as they are called) has been observed a single white, born in captivity and died at a young early in a delphinium in Canada, in 1972.
Iceberg was discovered by a group of researchers – Russian and other nationalities – led by Eric Hoyt, a renowned expert in the life of killer whales, and a renowned ecologist and author of studies on cetaceans.
“I noticed two other white male orca in the waters of Kamchatka, but were put on when it is first observed adult. Iceberg has a dorsal fin over 2 meters high, typical of a male adult who is at least age 16 . Iceberg seems to be able to integrate social group. We know that groups of orcs that feed mainly on fish, all babies stay with their mothers for life and, from what I observed, usually swims Iceberg mother’s right, sometimes flanked by his brothers with normal color. “said Dr. Hoyt.
Orcas mature at the age of 15 years, and males can reach 50-60 years, although most live on average 30 years.
Scientists have failed to identify the cause of the unusual color of Iceberg. Chemistry, young male orca who died in 1972, suffering from Chediak-Higashi disease, a degeneration causing partial albinism and a range of medical complications.