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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  • jagjan127
    jagjan127Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5:09 am
    amazing
    • 88wolfinst
      88wolfinstTuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:50 am
      Its amazing I wonder if others are like this and I hope that they let this animal be free.
      • die123321
        die123321Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:44 am
        cool
        • m132
          m132Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:44 am
          wow
          • quickblue
            quickblueMonday, May 18, 2015 at 9:58 am
            cool
            • awesomeMonday, May 18, 2015 at 9:57 am
              so cool i want it
              • lADY GAGASaturday, May 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm
                i want that as a pet
                • niceThursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:59 am
                  cute
                  • cheecheeThursday, May 7, 2015 at 11:01 am
                    i <3 dolghins so much
                    • love dolghinesThursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:49 am
                      i <3 dolghins

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