A white killer whale was spotted off the coast of Southeast Alaska earlier this month by researchers on a charter boat. The rare whale was swimming amongst a pod of fellow orcas and stood out immediately from the crowd. Killer whales are usually black an white, but this particular whale was solid white — an extremely rare occurrence.
It’s so rare that Dennis Rogers, the captain of the ship, said it was the first white killer whale he has ever seen in his 45-plus years of sailing the waters of southeast Alaska. Rogers even got a second look at the whale a few days later from his window overlooking the ocean in Petersburg. As before, the whale was swimming with its pod.