10 Incredible Stock Photos Of Rare Melanistic (All Black) Animals

Discover 10 incredible stock photos of extremely rare animals that were born completely black due to a pigment disorder called Melanism.

Melanism is the opposite of albinism and causes the person or animal to have too much dark-colored pigment in the skin which gives the black color. This condition is just as rare as albinism but every now again a creature is born with it.

1. Black Lion

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2. Black Dolphin

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3. Black Emperor Penguin

National Geographic Traveler contributor Andrew Evans spotted this all black penguin back in 2010 on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.

4. Black Squirrel

Years ago the sight of an all black squirrel was very rare but now the pigment condition seems to have been passed on through numerous generations and it is becoming more common to see them.

5. Black Seal

Another rare example of the melanism pigment running riot in a seal.

6. Black Ostrich

Not only are ostriches the world’s largest bird but they are also the fastest. They can sprint at speeds over 70 km/hr and cover up to 5m in a single stride.

7. Black Red Fox

Foxes tend to hunt more at night so being born with all black fur would give this canine a much bigger advantage. Sometimes being melanistic pays off.

8. Black Wolf

Just like with the squirrels black wolves were once non existent but one or two rare cases came about and was then passed down through numerous generations increasing it’s presence on our planet.

9. Mostly Black Zebra

A Zebra’s stripes are like fingerprints, they are unique to the individual.

10. Black Mallard Duck

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