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Rare White Orca

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by skipaway, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. skipaway

    skipaway Well-Known Member

    He is very stunning!

  2. rfisher

    rfisher At least I still have Pairs to look forward to

    He's not the only one. A friend sent me a shot of a white male found in the Aleutians about 10 years ago. There's a published article about several others found among the Alaskan pods as well. I'm at work and don't have the article link, but I'll add it when I get home.

    This is the link to the article PDF

    Eric Hoyt is the researcher who filmed this whale as part of a research project. They hope to get some DNA from him and the rest of the pod and to be able to get a picture to see if he's a true albino. Most don't live to full adulthood. He is beautiful.

    And for any high school biology teachers, Orca network has a really good photo display of a gray whale necropsy performed yesterday in Puget sound with excellent discussion opportunities for evolution, biology, conservation and other good stuff at

    Last edited: Apr 24, 2012