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Lately I’ve been painting odd dolphins. Abnormally coloured cetaceans have long fascinated me, and I though mirroring them with a normal conspecific was a pretty cool way to show some off. All of these are real and have been seen in the wild, their markings the result of a genetic anomaly.
These guys are also for sale! Message me if you want to welcome an odd dolphin into your home :)  All are watercolour on hot-pressed paper, 14.8 x 21 cm.

• the short-beaked common dolphin who lost her dorsal overlay •
Delphinus delphis - Short-beaked common dolphins are perhaps the species most frequently observed with anomalous colouration. All sorts of fun things can happen. Like many dolphins, their markings appear to consist of two overlapping systems: the yellow ‘cape’ and the grey ‘dorsal overlay’, where the two meet they form black. In some rare cases the dorsal overlay disappears, leaving only the yellow cape. It provides a fascinating insight into the make-up of their markings. Often these dolphins have little bits of overlay remaining at both end of their body, explaining the grey tail and dark facial markings. In some the normal-coloured parts are wider, leaving a yellow-and-white band in the centre of the body, while others have no black at all.

• the long-beaked common dolphin who only kept yellow •
Delphinus capensis - Interestingly, long-beaked common dolphins are never seen with a missing dorsal overlay. Instead they show a different mutation with somewhat similar results - which in turn is never observed in short-beaked commoners. If we may apply birding terms, these animals seem to be leucisitc. Leucism completely inhibits the production of melanins, resulting in a white animal. The eyes remain a normal colour. The common dolphin’s yellow patch however is likely produced by a different pigment (e.g.  carotenoids as in birds), unaffected by leucism. As such, they retain the shape of their normal markings, but only the yellow is visible. Leucism need not be complete: sometimes regular-coloured patches remain, and leucistic long-beaked common dolphins often have these in the form of black spots on their back.

the dusky dolphin who turned ebony •
Lagenorhynchus obscurus - Dark dusky dolphins like these have been seen a few times around New Zealand. They show a form of melanism: an abnormal deposit of melanin in the skin, often - but not always - resulting in a darker animal. This can take on many forms, such as increasing the spread of dark markings (like a tiger with merged stripes, which is sometimes called ‘abundism’). However in these duskies the markings remain intact but so much melanin is produced all over the body that they become harder to make out. They also appear more brownish than their normally coloured counterparts, possibly indicating an increase in pheomelanin (brown pigment) production. 

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𝖢𝗅𝖺𝗋𝗄𝗌𝗈𝗇 𝖲𝗍𝖺𝗇𝖿𝗂𝖾𝗅𝖽 ~ 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝖢𝖺𝗇𝖺𝗅 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖦𝗎𝗂𝖽𝖾𝖼𝖼𝖺, 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖢𝗁𝗎𝗋𝖼𝗁 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖦𝖾𝗌𝗎𝖺𝗍𝗂~ 𝖵𝖾𝗇𝗂𝖼𝖾 𝟣𝟪𝟥𝟨

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You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’ - Edgar Mitchell

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in light of recent atrocities in the US, please educate yourself and spread awareness to others about racism and the injustice in this world. 

front & back of painting 

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