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Image: White Killer Whale 2008-02-23 001
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Description: This white killer whale (Orcinus orca) was spotted with its pod about two miles off Kanaga Volcano, part of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, on February 23, 2008. At the time, Kodiak-based Oscar Dyson was on a research expedition for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Alaska Fisheries Science Center, assessing pollock fish stocks near Steller sea lion haulout sites. This white whale is a fish-eating type of killer whale, as were all the killer whales photographed on the expedition. Fish-eating killer whales are the most frequently seen whales around the Aleutian Islands during the summer. The winter sightings represent important evidence that they may be common year-round.
Title: White Killer Whale 2008-02-23 001
Author: Holly Fearnbach / NOAA
Permission: H. Fearnbach, NMML, NMFS permit 782-1719
Usage Terms: Public domain
License: Public domain
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