Researchers had feared this huge white orca whale was dead.
Seeing any sort of albino animal is a pretty rare sight, but researchers off Russia have extra reason to be excited over the sighting of a rare albino killer whale appropriately named Iceberg.
The sighting was made by members of the Far East Russia Orca Project off Russia’s Kuril Islands and marks the first time Iceberg has been seen since 2012. Prior to that, many researchers had feared the whale dead.
You would think a whale with such a rare coloration would be easy to spot, but the orca was only seen for the first time in 2010. At the time, Iceberg was already 16 years old.
The Daily Mail reports the chances of an orca whale with Iceberg’s coloration are pretty remote, just one in 10,000.
In spite of the fact this orca really stands out in a crowd, it appears he is living a pretty normal life. He lives in a family pod with 12 other orca whales.
Since albino animals generally don’t have a long projected lifespan in the wild, researchers are anxious to find out more about him and how he has survived for so long.
Losing track of an easily spotted whale like this is just a good example of how vast our oceans are and how easily they hide their secrets.