|A white killer whale in the central Aleutians|
Renner, M.; Bell, K. (2008). A white killer whale in the central Aleutians. Arctic 61(1): 102-104
In: Arctic. Arctic Institute of North America: Calgary. ISSN 0004-0843, more
killer whale, Orcinus orca, pigmentation anomaly, cookie-cutter shark, Isistius sp., Aleutian Archipelago
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We observed a white adult male killer whale (Orcinus orca) on 7 August 2000 off north side of Adak Island, Aleutians. An open saddle and a rounded fin tip suggest that this whale belongs to the fish-eating (“resident”) ecotype. A circular scar matching a cookie-cutter shark (Isistius sp.) bite mark suggested that the animal originated in warmer waters. Photographs and description provided here should enable individual identification should this animal be seen again.