23/04/2012 12:43 BST | Updated 23/04/2012 12:57 BST

White Killer Whale Spotted Off Russian Coast (PICTURES, VIDEO)

A one-of-a-kind white killer whale has been spotted by scientists - and they've named him ICEBERG.

It is believed to be the first known totally white member of the species and was seen swimming with a pod of 12 fellow orcas off the coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

The scientists were working for the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP), which is dedicated to researching and protecting orcas in the waters of Kamchatka and the Commander Islands.

FEROP co-director Erich Hoyd told CBC News: "In many ways, Iceberg is a symbol of all that is pure, wild and extraordinarily exciting about what is out there in the ocean waiting to be discovered.

"The challenge is to keep the ocean healthy so that such surprises are always possible."