Melanistic southern right‐whale dolphins (Lissodelphis peronii) off Kaikoura, New Zealand, with records of other anomalously all‐black cetaceans

@article{Visser2004MelanisticSR,
  title={Melanistic southern right‐whale dolphins (Lissodelphis peronii) off Kaikoura, New Zealand, with records of other anomalously all‐black cetaceans},
  author={Ingrid Natasha Visser and Dagmar Fertl and L. Todd Pusser},
  journal={New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research},
  year={2004},
  volume={38},
  pages={833 - 836}
}
Abstract Reports of anomalously pigmented cetaceans, including melanistic (all‐black) individuals are infrequent. We observed four melanistic southern right‐whale dolphins (Lissodelphis peronii) including a calf, off Kaikoura (42°34'S, 173°50'E), New Zealand. We also compiled records of melanistic individuals from five other species of cetaceans. The ecological context of melanistic pigmentation of cetaceans is not well understood; however, it may increase heat absorption, affect ability to… 
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