White whale, recently spotted by Campbell River whale watchers, was also captured by cadres offering a clear view of the rare mammal along with the vault.
The Department of Fisheries and the Ocean shot young Killer Whale Bigs as he swam near the Campbell River on Saturday.
The transitional whale is called Tlura, a word on the shore of Salish, which means "moon," but for scientists it is known as the T46-B1B. Researchers have not yet confirmed their gender but think they are about a year old.
Some experts believe that the orchard has Chediak-Higashi syndrome, which is a genetic disease that can cause albinism in mammals, while others suspect that the gray film that caused its color to illuminate is different. The Biggs killers' family of whales traveled between Southern California and Alaska, hunting seals and sea lions along the way.
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