Changing Planet

Willow the White Whale

Above video from Barcroft TV.

Like a scene from Moby Dick, a rare white whale was spotted off the coast of Spitsbergen in Norway by maritime engineer Dan Fisher of the UK. Swimming alongside a pod of other, regular grey humpback whales, this whale likely has a condition called leucism, which causes a reduction in skin pigmentation. Animals with this condition rarely survive long in the wild, because they lack their natural disguise and can more easily be picked off by predators, however the white whale, now named Willow, appears to be an adult fully incorporated into a pod.

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Dr. Rhian Waller is a professor of Marine Sciences at the Darling Marine Center (University of Maine, USA) and specializes in the ecology of deep-sea and cold-water organisms, particularly corals. Rhian has led or participated in over 40 international research and exploration cruises and expeditions to some of the most remote parts of the planet, and has published over 30 scientific papers and book chapters in her 9 year career. She is passionate about educating the next generation of scientists, and conserving our little known deep-sea and polar ecosystems to be studied and enjoyed in the future.
  • White tiger

    ūüôā wow OMG so cool

  • Al

    Wow, you don’t see that every day! Ever*

  • Allen

    We have one named Migaloo that comes through here every year, and there is a Migaloo Jr., too! Both completely white!

  • Lynn Marie

    Amazing. Thank you for sharing photos of this beautiful gentle giant.

  • stephan georgi

    absolutely beautiful!!

  • AJ

    I stab at thee!

  • Asha

    It’s unusual to have a white whale.

  • Shohoud


  • Alan Cecil

    From hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee! Thou damned whale!

  • Cap’n Ahab

    He tasks me! That whale, he tasks me!

  • kevin

    Waw that must be an amazing sight so wish I could witness something like that

  • juan antonio rodriguez martin

    el viejo y el mar moby dick…preciosa y libre…su sonido lo transmite tranquilidad y estaban las orcas…blanco y negro..

  • ratri

    wanna see them !!

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