The whale was actually seen for the first time back in 2010, but the researchers waited to release the news until they had more time to study him. The killer whale is a male that is believed to be about sixteen years old. The researchers are currently unsure whether he is an albino or in some other way genetically different.
There’s a timeline of events related to the white orca on the Russian Orcas homepage.
Source & Images: Far East Russia Orca Project