Now Orcas are running scared of man!

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Now Orcas are running scared of man!

#1  Postby monkeyboy » Apr 23, 2012 4:31 am

Bloody men going around scaring animals white again by the look of it!

Scientists have made what they believe to be the first sighting of an adult white orca, or killer whale.

The adult male, which they have nicknamed Iceberg, was spotted off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia.

It appears to be healthy and leading a normal life in its pod.

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Re: Now Orcas are runing scared of man!

#2  Postby Animavore » Apr 23, 2012 7:15 am

Oh! When I read the title I thought they had evolved legs.
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#3  Postby stijndeloose » Apr 23, 2012 10:14 am

Videos and photos here: http://www.russianorca.com/photo.php?lang=en
More general info on the same website here.
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#4  Postby Emmeline » Apr 23, 2012 10:25 am

Calling Robert Byers...
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#5  Postby Blackadder » Apr 23, 2012 10:35 am

Animavore wrote:Oh! When I read the title I thought they had evolved legs.


If they ever do, we are fucked.
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#6  Postby stijndeloose » Apr 23, 2012 10:46 am

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jToz9MVVvk[/youtube]
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Re: Now Orcas are running scared of man!

#7  Postby DavidMcC » Apr 23, 2012 12:19 pm

It appears to be healthy and leading a normal life in its pod.

Which shows that it isn't being subjected to too much skin-pattern prejudice by other orcas, I guess.

Oh, unless they're shunning him, I suppose.
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#8  Postby DavidMcC » Apr 23, 2012 12:22 pm

Maybe the big test is whether he gets to mate with a b/w female!
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#9  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Apr 23, 2012 12:39 pm

Orca with albinism have been known forever, this one in particular for many years. I don't know why this is being reported as a first. I guess because "Iceberg" is a mature male and his albinism is pretty damn complete, he's more striking than any female orca or youngster with near-complete albinism.

He's beautiful though.
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Captain Ahab on deck please

#10  Postby DougC » Apr 23, 2012 4:06 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17783603
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Scientists have made what they believe to be the first sighting of an adult white orca, or killer whale.
The adult male, which they have nicknamed Iceberg, was spotted off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia.
It appears to be healthy and leading a normal life in its pod.
White whales of various species are occasionally seen; but the only known white orcas have been young, including one with a rare genetic condition that died in a Canadian aquarium in 1972.
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).

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#11  Postby chairman bill » Apr 23, 2012 4:17 pm

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#12  Postby DougC » Apr 23, 2012 4:25 pm

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