All animals are fascinating in their own way. Still, sometimes one of them are causing a totally stir, making everyone to fall in love. It is the case of this rare dolphin spotted in Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana. A pink dolphin sure sounds like something that could only exist in a Disney movie or children’s imagination. But, believe it or not, a pink dolphin appropriately named Pinkie was actually captured on camera.
As it turns out, the dolphin has been swimming in these waters for years. After images of the dolphin went viral, several people have come forward and said they too have had an opportunity to see Pinkie in real life. Well, a pink dolphin surely doesn’t go unnoticed wherever it goes!
Experts say that dolphins who have this unique color suffer from albinism. This condition which also manifests in humans is the reason why Pinkie doesn’t look anything like other dolphins, color-wise. Pinkie’s body simply doesn’t produce the normal chemicals which pigment the skin grey.
Greg Barsh, a scientist at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, told National Geographic that Pinkie is an albino. The reasons behind his thoughts are the dolphin’s reddish eyes and visible blood vessels.
“We still see her swimming almost every day in the summertime,” Mr. Barsh told WGNO. “We’ve seen her a lot in the last few weeks. She looks happy and healthy.”
Then, in 2015 Erik Rue the boat captain that first spotted Pinkie, told to WGNO that that she had seen the rare dolphin mating. So the questions on everyone’s lips was: ‘what color would her calf be?’
And now we finally have the answer as the last video clearly shows two pink dolphins swimming in front of a ship along the Calcasieu Ship Channel! Make sure you’ll watch until the end!