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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  • Emma Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 6:27 am
    I love dolphins
    • dolphinMonday, August 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm
      I LOVE DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like chilean dolphins the best.
      • october
        octoberThursday, August 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm
        I love dolphins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I love the color pink. They are so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • summerstar
          summerstarThursday, August 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm
          I LOVE DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!! ( I only like pink a little, but in this occasion, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! ) The dolphin is also utterly CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • A. dogThursday, July 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm
            AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! It looks so cute! ( dolphins are my favrite animals)
            • makayla220
              makayla220Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:24 am
              I love dolphins and that is so cool
              • HiThursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm
                Cool
                • anna40682Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm
                  i think the look awesome:D
                  • anna40682Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 3:58 pm
                    i have alot of them : looks at dolphin picture: maybe i should go back and see one again
                    • JasonFriday, June 19, 2015 at 5:07 am
                      I never ever saw a dolphin before

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