Posted by: The ocean update | September 26, 2014

Rare White Orca Sighted Off Russian Coast

orca-white-RussiaSeptember 26th, 2014. Researchers tracking whales off the coast of Russia sighted, and were able to film, one of the rarest of all cetaceans : a juvenile white orca, an animal that has only been observed a handful of times in the wild.

The scientists were engaged in research for the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP) when they spotted the whale, according to the Daily Mail. The team was operating off the southeastern coast of Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula and the Northern Kuril Islands, surveying the area as part of a project focused on humpback whales, when the sighting occurred. Orcas have previously been sighted in the region, yet few have been so rare.

Obscured by fog, the juvenile orca approached the boat, raising its white dorsal fin above the surface. While the animal was only sighted for a short time, Erich Hoyt, co-director of FEROP, was quick enough to film the encounter, IFLScience notes. The team had previously been filming a large pod of orcas that had appeared in the area, a strait between the peninsula and island.

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