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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  • snugybugy
    snugybugyMonday, March 30, 2015 at 8:29 am
    i was wondering if this was fake or real but i think its real!!!
    • ttwWednesday, March 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm
      ah sooooooo cool ;) ; )
      • poppySunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm
        cool
        • kelsSunday, March 22, 2015 at 5:43 am
          that was stunning a pink dolphin
          • LoveThursday, March 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm
            How cute and pretty I wish I could keep one for a pet.
            • zoo coolThursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:21 am
              Wow wow wow never seen one ever!!!! and ONLY BLUE ONES!! And its beutaful too but I like yellow NOT pink
              • nailbagelWednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:18 pm
                SSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOLLLL! !!
                • anastarling
                  anastarlingMonday, March 2, 2015 at 9:19 am
                  Omg so beautiful I want one
                  • lovelovelove42
                    lovelovelove42Monday, March 2, 2015 at 9:07 am
                    Man that is so cool I Love dolphins but I hate pink why could it be green I love green but the dolphin is so cute
                    • niall57906Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:23 am
                      are they born pink

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