Anomalously white harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) photographed in the Moray Firth, Scotland on 24 August 2012. The head, back, sides and pectoral ﬁns appear uniformly pinkish white against a contrastingly darker grey/black dorsal ﬁn.
At an estimated body length of 1.5 m, the present animal had evidently survived to adulthood, in spite of its condition, conﬁrming the potential longevity of such hypo-pigmented individuals in the wild. Further recaptures of this naturally-marked animal may provide valuable information on the site ﬁdelity and long-term spatial movements of these notoriously difﬁcult to study cetaceans.
- photographs: Kevin Robinson.
- Reference (Open Access) Robinson & Haskins. 2013. Rare sighting of an anomalously white harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in the Moray Firth, north-east Scotland. Mar Bio Record.