Last May, I had an experience of a lifetime when I was beach hiking alone (and after more than a few years hoping for it), I was blessed to watch Tl'uk (which means Moon in the local Coast Salish language) or T46B1B, swim by with pod T46B Bigg’s transient killer whales. It wasn't until later that day that it was on the news, no one had seen him before. I got a few shots of the whole group, but it was only when they got out of the Narrows, and they were about 2 kms away, that he came up. Now, he's been spotted again in the Straight of Juan de Fuca.
Tl’uk is not albino, as he has a distinct grey-white colour. Researches say he either has leucism which causes loss of pigmentation in any cell or suffers from Chediak-Higashi Syndrome, which may signal several serious health conditions and a short lifespan. #orcas #T46B1B