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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  • willy rahayuThursday, January 29, 2015 at 10:51 pm
    is beautiful
    • lovebug2001
      lovebug2001Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4:21 pm
      This is so cool I would love to have one of those!!!!
      • 090509
        090509Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:16 pm
        that is so cool i mean i HATE pink but if i could have one of those i would
        • 123456789s
          123456789sThursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm
          So cool
          • lexiegirlWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:55 am
            it is cool not boring
            • lexiegirlWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:55 am
              no boring cool
              • dfrog88Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:28 am
                AWESOME! Doing a homework project on it!
                • DurpynessTuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:10 pm
                  Ok but boring
                  • Kaitlyn MaherTuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:11 am
                    cool
                    • crazycandycrazy
                      crazycandycrazySunday, January 11, 2015 at 12:08 pm
                      This so rare a pink dolphin! :D

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