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Relk Color Variations by beastofoblivion Relk Color Variations by beastofoblivion
These pieces are old, done during the time when I was working on the Relk Reference Sheet. Seeing as I'm opening up :icontheusbeasts: to members, I figured I'd put this together to kick it off and hopefully get people fired up about it.

Quick overview:

Color and Marking Variations in the Northern Oceanic Relk

1. Normal Markings: Females are more greenish, males are usually more blueish. A Relk's markings help it communicate where it is, what it'd doing and the direction it's heading underwater. The white spots are reflective and can use its body motion to 'flash' patterned signals at other Relk.

2. Bleeder Markings: Bleeders are produced when there is a marking mutation. Markings may 'bleed' down the body, obscuring or confusing the original markings. Cases can vary from slight bleeding (which means they can still communicate) to heavy bleeding, which prevents communication. 1/4 to 1/3 of the Relk population has some form of this mutation.

3. Monarch Bleeder Markings: A further mutation of the Bleeder gene, Monarch Bleeders are much rarer. Their markings have been obliterated by the bleeding and the addition of a third color usually makes them impossible to read. They are usually ousted from tribes and travel the oceans as outcasts.

4. Breeder Color Variation: Most Relk tribes have one. Breeder Relk, despite their namesake, are sterile. Their color ranges from deep purple-blues and red-purples to black. They retain their white spot markings and so have no trouble communicating.

5. White/Albino Color Variation: The rarest color variation is a white/albino. 'White' technically designates anything from a light orange-yellow to dirty off-white, and usually retains most of a Relk's natural markings in a darker related color (in this case, orangeish). Albinos are pure white and posses no markings. Both are so rare that they are usually lumped into the same category, and neither typically are found to be members of tribes.


Edit: Oh, side note. I mentioned on :icontheusbeasts: that you're welcome to make your own Relk. I realize I've posted nothing about their societal workings or tribal behaviors, but I just wanted to make it clear they're not a closed species by any means.
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DeadlyBlackAlien Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
nice markings and colors! The normal markings remind me of the ocean more than the others though.
But the bleeder color variation is awesome looking. Sweet.
ForgottnMilitia Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally me altho the Bleeder ones are pretty it's quite sad to think about it.. It'd be like being born without a tounge..
Frazzled-Niya Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how you have included an albino :3
Vablo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Wow, looks great! Especially the Bleeder one, awesome... :)
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Artist
Thank you! I love the Bleeders, their markings are so much fun to play with. XD
pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I envy your thought processes and the end result. SERIOUSLY. :iconimseriousplz: Loving these!
jkatkina Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Man, that Monarch Bleeder business would be AWESOME camouflage in a kelp bed. I mean, it'd be a small consolation to them, but...
KingGiantess Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo, the Breeder colouration is beautiful. Can the bleeder pattern mutation be in the Breeder and Albino colours as well or is it strictly for the normal colours?
beastofoblivion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Artist
That's a good question. I don't know, but theoretically, yes.
KingGiantess Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet. OwO Just had biology on the brain and it crossed my mind. :XD:
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