For whales and seals the ocean is not blue: a visual pigment loss in marine mammals*

@article{Peichl2001ForWA,
  title={For whales and seals the ocean is not blue: a visual pigment loss in marine mammals*},
  author={L. Peichl and G. Behrmann and R. Kr{\"o}ger},
  journal={European Journal of Neuroscience},
  year={2001},
  volume={13}
}
Most terrestrial mammals have colour vision based on two spectrally different visual pigments located in two types of retinal cone photoreceptors, i.e. they are cone dichromats with long‐to‐middle‐wave‐sensitive (commonly green) L‐cones and short‐wave‐sensitive (commonly blue) S‐cones. With visual pigment‐specific antibodies, we here demonstrate an absence of S‐cones in the retinae of all whales and seals studied. The sample includes seven species of toothed whales (Odontoceti) and five species… Expand
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