A White Killer Whale in the Central Aleutians

Renner, Martin and Bell, Kevin (2008) A White Killer Whale in the Central Aleutians. Arctic, 61 (1). pp. 102-104. ISSN 1923-1245

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We observed a white adult male killer whale (Orcinus orca) on 7 August 2000 off the north side of Adak Island, Aleutians. An open saddle and a rounded dorsal 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.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/430
Item ID: 430
Keywords: Aleutian Archipelago; Cookie-cutter shark; Isistius sp.; Killer whale; Orcinus orca; Pigmentation anomaly
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Biology
Date: March 2008
Date Type: Publication

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