This could be the first-ever footage of a black emperor penguin.
The footage, captured by @BBCEarth
camera crews working on the phenomenal wildlife series Dynasties reveals a penguin with a black belly in a sea of white, like a rebel at a white tie event.
Luckily black never goes out of style, but this penguin didn’t arrive at the party underdressed. It has a rare genetic mutation called melanism, which makes skin, fur, and feathers black due to a high concentration of the pigment melanin – basically the opposite of albinism, which is caused by a lack of pigment. “Is this the rarest penguin on Earth?” the clip from BBC America asks. Possibly. While partial melanism has been recorded in other penguins – Adelie, chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni, and royal – it seems to occur most often in King penguins. It looks like it’s never been seen in emperor penguins before, and all-black penguins are very rare.
In fact, biologists think just partial-melanism could be as rare as one in a quarter million, and as there is very little documentation or scientific study of all-black penguins, it’s likely to be rarer still. “He or she could be the only one of its kind,” the clip states.
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