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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  • CC#GETTO9/16/2014
    Why can't dolphins be purple, brown, red, orange, yellow, and violet
    • Animal Lover9/15/2014
      This pink bottle nose dolphin is totally a beauty!!!
      • dolphin lover9/13/2014
        i love this dolphin!!!!!!!!!!
        • CC#GETTO9/10/2014
          I love dolphins
          • bearbear
            bearbear8/29/2014
            dolphins are sooo cute!!!!!!!!!!! especially the pink one.
            • bearbear
              bearbear8/29/2014
              my friend really likes dolphins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • izzygetbusy8/22/2014
                cutie
                • cuteieboo8/22/2014
                  so do i
                  • cuttie28/22/2014
                    love love
                    • izzygetbusy8/22/2014
                      it is so cute

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