Iceburg - the rare white killer whale!

Thursday, September 22, 2016 by Alison

Did you know that orca whales (commonly known as killer whales) are part of the family Delphinidae? Delphinidae are oceanic dolphins! And killer whales are the largest known species of dolphin. Although they are not commonly seen in the Gulf of Maine, killer whale sightings have been recorded here. 

Earlier this month, a well-known orca named Iceburg, was seen in the west Pacific Ocean near Russia. Iceburg is famous because he is a completely white orca! Scientists are unsure of the reason behind Iceburg’s unique coloring. One hypothesis is that it is due to albinism, which is a genetic disorder that leaves the skin with without pigmentation. Scientists think that only 1 in 10,000 killer whales are completely white! Click here to learn more about Iceburg!

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