31 July 2013

Striped dolphin baby - 3

The pigmentation pattern of this newborn, jumping besides its presumed mother (a "pure" striped dolphin) suggests that some progenitor may be a short-beaked common dolphin.

Individuals with intermediate striped/common dolphin pigmentation are not unusual in the Gulf of Corinth, where the two species are sometimes found in mixed groups. 

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni)

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