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iN VIDEO: White orca often seen near Vancouver Island spotted near Washington

Image Credit: YOUTUBE / The Go-Hard FamilyTM
April 18, 2020 - 7:00 AM

A white whale that was spotted this week in Case Inlet, Washington, can also be seen around Vancouver Island.

A video originally posted by The Go-Hard FamilyTM on YouTube, has since been shared by the organization Salish Sea Orcas. 

"Thank you to ‘The Go-Hard FamilyTM' for sharing footage of who we think is transient orca T46B1B or “Tl’uk”, which is the Coast Salish word for moon," according to a post by the Salish Sea Orcas, a David Suzuki Foundation project.

"Tl’uk is often mistaken for being an albino orca but it isn’t fully understood what causes it’s discolouring. One theory is Tl’uk has leucism and will eventually return to it’s natural black and white."

Leucism is a condition that causes partial loss of skin pigmentation in an animal.

The white whale has often been spotted around Vancouver Island, according to Springtide Whale Watching and Eco Tours, on its website.

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