Scotts Dolphin

Unknown Cetacean of South America.

Physical description: Dolphin-sized. Brown back. White below.

Distribution: Strait of Magellan, Chile.

Significant sighting: Peter Scott observed two specimens in a school of Commerson's dolphins (Cephalorhynchus commersonii) in the Strait of Magellan on February 4, 1968.

Possible explanation: The Black dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia), one of the smallest cetaceans, ranges from the Strait of Magellan north to Valparaiso, Chile. It has a white belly and a dark-gray body that may appear brown, tan, or gray at sea. Adults are 4 feet-5 feet 4 inches long.

Sources: Peter Scott, Travel Diaries ofa Naturalist (London: Collins, 1983), vol. 1; Darren Naish, "Cryptocetology: The Page 254 Story," Animals and Men, no. 8 (January 1996): 23-29.

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