Antarctic Killer Whale

Mystery Cetacean of the Antarctic.

Scientific name: Orcinus glacialis, given by A. A. Berzin and V. L. Vladimirov in 1983. Distribution: Antarctic waters. Significant sighting: Recorded in 1980 in Prydz Bay in the Indian Ocean sector of Antarctica.

Possible explanation: Generally considered a subspecies of the Killer whale (Orcinus orca). Sources: A. A. Berzin and V. L. Vladimirov,

"Nov'i vid kosatki (Cetacea, Delphinidae) iz vod antarktiki," Zoologicheskii Zhurnal 62 (1983): 287-295; Michael A. Bigg et al., Killer Whales: A Study of Their Identification, Genealogy, and Natural History in British Columbia and Washington State (Nanaimo, B.C., Canada: Phantom, 1987).

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