The Stunning Pink Dolphin

By Meera Dolasia on March 6, 2009

A rare pink bottlenose dolphin has been drawing throngs of people to Lake Calcasieu , an inland saltwater estuary in Louisiana. The stunning mammal, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, was spotted a few weeks ago, by charter boat captain, Eric Rue.

The dolphin, which looks as though it has been freshly painted, is the same color throughout its body and has reddish-eyes. Scientists believe that the dolphin suffers from albinism, a genetic condition caused by lack of the pigmentation melanin, which is responsible for the skin color of all living creatures. Due to its lighter color, the dolphin tends to avoid the bright sun, by staying underwater as much as possible.

However, other than that, the mammal appears perfectly healthy and is often seen frolicking around with the rest of his family, who have made the Calcasieu Ship Channel, their home.

Even Scientists who have followed marine mammals all their lives, have never seen a dolphin like this before, and are cautioning people not to get too close and endanger it in any way.

The closest relative to this pink dolphin, is the Amazon River dolphin or Boto, a fresh-water dolphin, found in the Amazon in South America. Botos, which are dark gray when young, change color as they grow, first to a shocking pink and then to almost white, by the time they reach full maturity.

Sources: telegraph.co.uk, wikipedia.org,

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  • expoler23
    expoler23Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm
    Pink dolphins i thought the were only gray or blue ones. ???????????
    • layla sommerThursday, February 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm
      this is amazing please post more about it
      • chickenjokl1Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm
        This is great for my little bro
        • Zoe11 Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 9:01 am
          It Is so cute
          • goodmude04
            goodmude04Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:27 pm
            iwanna have one. It's so cute!!
            • ZoeSaturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:32 am
              I wonder who named the pink dolphin.But I think it was the captin Eric Rue.
              • alanaFriday, February 20, 2015 at 8:52 am
                this is awesome
                • HazelWednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:05 am
                  Awww, so pink/ cute!
                  • #awesome :D Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 8:57 am
                    so cute
                    • puffballs
                      puffballsSaturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm
                      I LOVE DOLPHINS but this one is awesome its rare.

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