The Stunning Pink Dolphin

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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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933 Comments
  • pink, boo!!Monday, May 20, 2019 at 11:01 am
    pink is not my thing, but dolphins are cool!!!
    • Danielle Monday, May 20, 2019 at 10:52 am
      I do not like pink but I do love dolphins🐬
      • DanieWednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:41 am
        I love pink
        • Sayori/ddlcTuesday, May 7, 2019 at 10:45 am
          aww so Cute UwU
          • Monika/ddlcMonday, April 29, 2019 at 10:41 am
            OMG SO CUTE 😁
            • Monika/ddlcMonday, April 29, 2019 at 9:48 am
              PINK DOPHIN PINK DOPHIN LOL🤪
              • rowMonday, March 4, 2019 at 7:15 am
                i saw this and almost died of das cute nesss OMG\
                • sidneyTuesday, January 29, 2019 at 2:28 pm
                  I'm doing research on pink dolphins
                  • vickiMonday, October 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm
                    cute
                    • maryangel4ever
                      maryangel4everThursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:28 am
                      wow wish I could touch and I wish it could be my pet